On December 27, Microsoft, Japan Telecom and Softbank BB announced the development of “Messenger Joint Communication Services” with their strategic partnership. This service ensures the security by combining the network infrastructure and the services such as VoIP, E-mail, internet access, … Read More
Seems the Japanese government wants the people of Japan to have its own search engine. One developed by the Japanese for the Japanese to counter the presence of Google Japan, Yahoo! Japan and others.
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Matsushita, Tokyo University and others to jointly develop the image search technology The electric, the communication and the media industry’s major companies, such as Matsushita Electric, NTT, and NHK, will jointly develop the … Read More
NTT Resonant (www.nttr.co.jp) has started the “Speech Assisted Search” text at goo lab (http://labs.goo.ne.jp). With this technology, a mobile user can speak the search word instead of typing it. In order to use this service, a user would access the … Read More
The key players in Internet auction industry and intellectual property right organizations have instituted a new organization in Japan. This organization will share the problems and the information related to the intellectual property right violation on the Internet, and take … Read More
Since Yahoo Japan has switched to the page search instead of the directory search in October 3, the overall search page view has increased by 200mil (10%) from September. The directory search was decreased only by 20%. It seems that … Read More
November 17, 2005 Google launched the Japanese version of Sitemaps beta. This is the same service started in US in June, and gives query stats, crawl stats, page analysis, and index stats. Japanese version of Google mobile sitemaps is now … Read More
According to the survey done by Internet.com (japan.internet.com) and Infoplant (www.info-plant.com), only 20% answered that they used websites to research the restaurants and/or hotels where they spent the last holiday seasons. Also, out of 300* survey participants, only 26 answered … Read More
Shopping engine, Smarter.com has launched in China and Japan according to Gary Price over at Search Engine Watch. Obviously the growth of consumers in China has made this a profitable target. The web design of the Chinese site is closer … Read More
According to the search engine user survey done by Japan.Internet.com and Infoplant, Yahoo! Japan is still the most popular search engine in Japan followed by Google Japan. However, the gap between the two has become less than 10% compared to … Read More
October 26: One of Japan’s major internet service providers Livedoor (corp.livedoor.com) will provide the online marketing services to Chinese market together with Strategic Desision Initiative Ltd. (www.strategicdi.com) through Livedoor’s Chinese portal site “MyRice” (www.myrice.com). The services include; internet advertising, e-mail … Read More
Oct. 19 – The ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Japan (www.soumu.go.jp) has announced the number of Blog and SNS registrations as of September 30, 2005. According to the announcements, there are 4.73mil registered Blog users and 3.99mil registered SNS … Read More
Oct. 12: Nifty’s (www.nifty.com) pod casting site “Podcasting Juice” has launched the English version of Mainichi weekly podcast. (mainichi-podcasting.cocolog-nifty.com) The service is provided for free. Podcasting Juice, which opened in July, now has 620,000 users.
Oct. 11, Yahoo! Japan kicked off it’s beta version of area search service. (area-search.yahoo.co.jp) It provides two search windows, the firlst one for the location/landmarks, and the other one for the type of businesses that you are looking for, i.e., … Read More
Video Research Interactive Inc. (www.videoi.co.jp) has put out the results of Internet Usage report for the week of Sept. 19-25. > 1. Search/Portal Sites – 19.3mil 2. ISPs – 14.7mil 3. Community Sites – 12.9mil 4. IT Information Sites – … Read More