The research I did into the Yasuhara indicated that the man wanted to produce a Leica-type rangefinder, and let the design and production costs get seriously out of control.

Consina stole the guy's march by reengineering a cheap, proven SLR body into a rangefinder body. I have a CV Bessa R with Leica thread mount Cosina (CV) lenses and they all perform very well together at 1/3 to 1/4 the cost of equivilent used Leica equipment. (The word "equivilent" would upset Leica Forum members, but when I can get 85% of the quality for 35% of the price, it's a no brainer. Gandy goes into that in detail.)

Were the Lomography folks marketing the Asuhara? If so, he's running out of marketing channels.