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Microsoft's new strategic partnership in Japan

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

Japan wants its own search engine

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.

Japan's goo lab to test "speech assisted search"

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

Yahoo! Japan to increase page views by 10%

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

Google Japan's sitemaps beta

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

Japanese doesn't shop holiday gifts online?

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

Livedoor/SDI tie-up for online ad services for China

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

4.73 million blog users in Japan says Government

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

Yahoo! Japan's new area search

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

Japan internet usage report (Sept 19-25)

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

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