I've played the demo for Yakuza 3. It's pretty good! I loved the way it revels in the minutiae of Japanese culture, right down to the fully-stocked convenience stores. Sadly, the demo is as close as I'm going to get.
Sega America's Ray Almeda has told The Examiner that the game won't be released in the US. Why? Because nobody bought Yakuza 2, that's why. Sega looked at the sales of the second game - which stand at around 40,000 - and decided it wasn't worth the expense of bringing the third one over.
This does not please us, Sega. This does not please us one little bit.
Yakuza 3 US release date announced: Never [The Examiner]