And it's not just Japan. 4 of my photographer friends has dumped their Canikon DSLRs and bought mirrorless systems. Honestly, I might follow suit with the A7R.
I think that everyone who isn't a sports photographer will sooner or later switch over to mirrorless.
i had an olympus E-PL1... with the kit lens.. and only the kit lens.
then i bought a panasonic GF3 with the kit lens.. and only the kit lens.
now i have a E-PL3 with the kit lens.. and you guess it.. only the kit lens.
and im thinking about selling the E-PL3 and buying a fuji as carry around camera.
from my own experience and observation of my surrounding i have to say.. with mirrorless there is no brand loyalty.
most mirrorless user i know are not invested in a system.
they have a camera and only one lens. just like me.
looking at the canon or nikon owner i know.. they are heavily invested in the systems.
another point is... this forum and others like this are not a mirror of the outside world.
and who cares if all the other manufacturer push a few percent market share from left to right?
the day nikon and canon come up with a real mirrorless solution, nobody will care about m43, nex, and co. anymore.
because canikon already have a huge userbase and the best systems.
all that talk about switching is sooooo boring... you can´t read a single thread here without someone thinking loud about switching. i wonder why the forum still has so many canon user.
it´s like a spoiled child that makes empty threats.
switch or switch not... but don´t be so naive to think you can influence canons decisions.