I don't know—the Japanese have stayed interested in high-quality denim for a while, and reproduction American workwear in general. I don't know that you can find higher-quality production garments in that style made anywhere else on the planet. If their interest in that can stick, and they can maintain such a high level of quality, I think so can their interest in making quality shoes.
I've found that the 2030 with hiking socks fits similarly to the Barrie in dress socks in the same size. The 2030 most certainly feels like a wider last, though this could be due to the instep of the 2030.