Am I missing something? Just because they are not being launched in the US, Canada, Europe, doesn't mean they are banned in those regions, correct? We can still buy one from a Japanese retailer, or have a friend in Japan buy one and then ship it to you. ...or even better, if you are lucky enough to travel to Japan for work, buy one yourself. ...and if you do that and worried about customs, Narita airport had a Akihabara duty free shop, so you can buy it there, worse case. I purchased a Casio bluetooth watch (not available in the US) for about the same price I would have paid here through a eBay retailer in Japan. ...and had no issues with customs.