When looking at the different release dates of Hollywood's 2014 take on Godzilla, it appears as quite striking that the release for Japan is signifantly later, more than 2 months to be precise, than those for the rest of the world, which are all around the middle of May.
I usually don't care that much about release dates, but seeing that it is a Hollywood version of an iconic part of modern Japanese culture, I wondered if there is any official word why this release is so significantly later than all the others. While skepsis about the new version could be a factor, the movie on the other hand, and in contrast to Emmerich's 1998 take, has been more or less sanctioned by Toho Studios, the makers of the Japanese original(s), up to the point of collaboration.
(And please forgive me for ignoring China in the list, whose release date lies in between the Japanese and the others. This was only to simplify the question a bit and to concentrate on the contextually more important Japan. But maybe the reason for the Chinese delay is somehow related?)