Baidu has announced that their Japanese site would officially open on January 23rd. On a current Japanese site, it provides “web”, “video” and “image” searches, but from the promotion page, it looks that they are going to provide “travel” and “Gourmet” searches as well.
Baidu’s spider has been crawling aggressively to index Japanese pages since they announced the plan to open Japanese site about a year ago, but because of the aggressive crawling, many site owners have set a tag to avoid Baidu spider to crawl their sites. Which means that their index data is not as good as that of other major search engines in Japan. I’m afraid that search users may not find what they are looking for in the search results at least for a while. I’m sure they’ll adjust the crawl pattern soon, especially after the official opening.
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