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Overture Japan's new face and new services

On July 4th, Overture Japan launched its updated website with both Overture and Yahoo logos. URL is also changed from “overture.co.jp” to “ov.yahoo.co.jp”. Last week, they announced the changes with minimum bidding cost, which is currently 9yen (35yen for some … Read More

New Yahoo Japan for iPhone

iPhone goes on sale on July 11 in Japan, and I heard that there was a short line (not long at all compared to the line forming in front of the Apple shop in New York city) forming in front … Read More

Asia-Pacific search engine rankings for April 2008

comScore just released an interesting data about the search rankings in Asia-Pacific region. According to their data, Google and Yahoo were the regional leaders as “top search properties” followed by China’s Baidu. “Because Google and Yahoo! have a strong presence … Read More

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