Wow, now its clear: global launch of a new Canon lens ... Japan, all of Asia, all of Europe, Australia, New Zealand, all of South America, all of North America ... minus the US.
All of you "not more than 299 dollars for the full EOS-M kit Yanks" must really have caused some hard feelings in Tokyo. They won't give you new EF-M toys any more. No, no, no ... You've been bad and Canon will punish you. Fat mirrorslappers is all you'll be served for dinner from now on.
PS: how stupid and shortsighted a "strategy" ...