Then he should just say the excuses instead of saying they were his idea and explaining not only why but what exactly what went into his thought process.
Meanwhile, Ishihara is so incompetent he didn't know the series sold systems until last year.
But yeah, I'm sure he was pushing them to make games he didn't know mattered and he had no power to demand because what you own doesn't have control over you.
Definitely more reasonable than the producer/director who controls budget, deadlines, and content that makes it in, being out of touch. Definitely.