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Facebook Japan to begin services

On May 19th, Facebook announced the launch of Facebook Japan. During the interview, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook was different from mixi or MySpace where you can connect with anyone, and believed that they can obtain a good … Read More

Top Japanese Websites for March 2008

comScore’s top Japanese property ranking for March 2008 is out. While there’s no changes in ranking for the past several months, I’d like to point out that the gap between the #1 site (Yahoo) and #2 site (Google) is getting … Read More

Broadband contents usage in Japan

According to goo Research’s report, 85% of teenagers and preteens participated in the survey said that they know (and use) video sharing sites. It shows that YouTube (57%) is the most popular video sharing site followed by NicoNicoDouga (13%). “Listening … Read More

Japan's mobile goo search becomes more powerful

NTT Resonant announced it’s plan to strengthen its mobile search engine, “mobile goo”. With this improved mobile search engine, the user can search more than 62,000 songs from the database, and more than 7 million videos from YouTube and other … Read More

MS's Soapbox opens in Japan

Microsoft’s video sharing site, Soapbox, officially opened in Japan on March 12th. It’s a mirror image of English site, even to the sub-categories, which means that not many Japanese videos are available, yet. In Japan, YouTube is very popular and … Read More

Japan's mixi goes to China

Japan’s biggest SNS site, mixi, announced its plan to establish a subsidiary in Shanghai, China by May of this year. The detail of its services have not been disclosed. Currently, mixi has 17mil registered users. You need an invitation from … Read More

Japan's top shopping site "Rakuten" goes to Europe

One of Japan’s top shopping sites, “Rakuten” announced its plan to expand the business in Europe. Their first European office is scheduled to open in Luxembourg in March. They will provide the market place model shopping mall services, and businesses … Read More

30's Women – top mobile shoppers in Japan

ImpressR&D’s recent survey shows interesting results about mobile commerce in Japan. The most interesting information is that 15% of women in 30’s said that they conducted all of the online shopping from their mobile phone. [Top mobile shoppers] – All … Read More

People search engine "SBI Business" open in Japan

SBI Robo’s social graph engine, SBI Business, is opened for business. When you search for someone’s name, it gives you the search results from search engines (MSN, Google and Yahoo), web and Wikipedia, official profile of the person, and social … Read More

Japan's SEO market grew 25% in 2007

According to Aun Consulting’s report, SEO market had 9960 mil yen sales in 2007 (25% up from 7970 mil yen in 2006). 5710 mil yen: “In-House” SEO marketing 2600 mil yen: Out-sourced SEO marketing 1650 mil yen: Tool, etc. They … Read More