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Motoko Hunt

Motoko Hunt manages the SEO for all of Adobe's properties in Japan and the APAC region. Prior to joining Adobe, Motoko established AJPR in 1998; she has been providing search marketing consulting services targeting Japan and Asia to companies around the world. Her services have made a big impact on the search marketing campaigns of some of the world's most popular multi-national brands. A number of her articles have been published on industry websites and printed media including MultiLingual Computing and the International Journal of Localisation. She also writes about the Japanese online market on her blog at AJPR and contributes to several online magazines in Japan and Asia. She served as a member of the board of directors of SEMPO in 2010-2012, and is a chairperson of the SEMPO Asia-Pacific Committee.

Rakuten Inc. to invest US$100million in Pinterest

Rakuten, who is one of Japan’s biggest and most successful e-commerce companies announced that they invested US$100 million to Pinterest. In recent years, Rakuten has been aiming to replicate their success in Japan in the global market. They have aquired … Read More

Yahoo Japan Is Going Strong With Higher Profit

Yahoo Japan announced that their year on year net profit rose 7.69% in last quarter (April-June) in advertising revenue. When Yahoo Japan decided to adopt Google’s technology in its web searches in last December, many expressed their concern that it … Read More

Yahoo Japan Will Give Points When You Search

Yahoo Japan will run a Yahoo Point Campaign in March. During a month of March, all registered users (Yahoo ID is required) will gain Yahoo points every time they search. Members can use Yahoo points to pay for several services … Read More

Japanese SEO Market Grew 18.6% in 2010

Aun Consulting announced that Japanese SEO industry grew to 194 billion yen market in 2010, which was a 18.6% growth from 2009. According to the report, SEO outsourcing category grew 22%, SEO In-house category grew 19% and SEO Tool industry … Read More

The Latest On Yahoo-Google Partnership In Japan

When Yahoo Japan and Google Japan announced its plan for search service tie-up (both organic search and PPC services) in July, Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) gave a statement that they didn’t think it would violate the Antitrust (or Competition) … Read More

Social gaming site, Yahoo-Mobaga now open!

DeNA and Yahoo’s social gaming platform for PC, “Yahoo! Mobage” launched its β version. It is available for free of charge. “Yahoo! Mobage” is a social gaming platform, which lets users play games that are linked PCs and mobile. It … Read More

Yahoo Japan will soon be powered by Google

Yahoo and Google have come to the agreement on the partnership in Japanese market. It was officially announced on each blog on July 27th. While the effective date is yet to be decided, according to the announcements, we can expect … Read More

Japan's Rakuten to Acquire Buy.com for $250mil

Japan’s biggest e-commerce site Rakuten announced that it will acquire Buy.com Inc for $250 million, foraying into the U.S. market for the first time as it steps up its push to expand overseas. Earlier this year, Rakuten announced a joint … Read More

Yahoo Japan president says Google isn't so great

During the interview with Nikkei Business, Yahoo Japan’s president Inoue said that he wasn’t impressed by some of the popular Google services such as Street View, Book Search and AdWords. He thinks that those services are either in the “gray … Read More