Having said that, I have done a lot of work for Fujifilm in the past, and getting through the Japanese barrier is really tough for them. I'm not sure why. It seems to me that if they cannot "get it" with someone from Japan they could simply allow someone from the US to run the portions that have to interface with Americans. But they won't do it. There are probably thousands of people in Fuji North America who could make their existence easier, but they want to keep that final string.
In the end, this is what you're complaining about; their inability to let go and trust that at least a few Americans - who they could vet - aren't trying to rook them. They just can't let go.