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Yahoo Japan's search word ranking for 2006

Yahoo Japan has announced its 2006 Search word ranking. (Jan 1 – Nov 5, 2006) The results shows new trend in the search words used at Yahoo Japan this year. In over all ranking, the ultimate bulletin board service site … Read More

Baidu entering Japanese market

Wall Street Journal is reporting that Baidu plans to enter the Japanese market by 2007. “We carefully studied the Japanese market,” said Mr. Li, who is also Baidu’s chairman. “It’s primarily dominated by two players we are very familiar with. … Read More

New trend in Japanese SNS market

As I’ve reported in past, SNS services are really hot in Japan. While mixi went public with more than 7mil members, and Softbank to offer Japanese version of MySpace, there’s a new trend in SNS market in Japan. At nanoty.jp, … Read More

More than 500K "xxx.JP" domain registered

“.jp” domain debuted in February 2001. With more than 500,000 domain registered, now there are more “xxx.jp” registered than other form of JP domains such as “xxx.co.jp” and “xxx.ne.jp”. The total number of registered JP domain is 866.495 (as of … Read More

Japan gets tough with YouTube

Seems the Japanese are pushing copyright violations against YouTube in an effort to have them pull thousands of videos from the site. According to an article in Adotas, YouTube removed about 30,000 videos at the request of the the Japan … Read More

CM prompted search – survey in Japan

Many CMs aired in Japan now mention a keyword phrase, some even show a phrase being typed in the search window on commercial. According to Internet.com and goo Research, 52% of the Internet users who responded to the survey have … Read More

Yahoo Japan's digital home engine

Yahoo Japan made a licensing agreement with Mediabolic for its web media product software, with which Yahoo Japan is going to develop “Yahoo! digital home engine”. Once it’s developed, people can access Yahoo Japan’s services such as search engine, auction, … Read More

Japanese blog user survey

Internet.com and goo research have announced its blog user survey results. It shows the difference in usage between male and female. Q1: Have you viewed someone else’s blog in last 30 days? Male – Yes 77.75% Female – Yes 80.40% … Read More

Google Japan's future plan

Google’s senior v.p. of global sales, Omid Kordestani spoke at the conference in Tokyo last week that they will add engineers in Japan to develop new technologies in one of the most advanced markets for mobile technologies. They understand the … Read More

Japanese consumers buying cycle

I just read the survey taken by OPT and Cross Marketing with 300 male and female Blog and SNS users in Japan. It has interesting results about what have the impact on Japanese consumers in purchasing products and services. Q. … Read More

Gmail is available for everyone in Japan

Google’s Gmail account is now available for general public without an invitation in Japan. Currently, Google is the default search engine on mobile “au” through the tie-up with KDDI. Gmail may become “au”‘s mobile mailer soon??? Gmail is also available … Read More

Internet usage trend in holiday season in Japan

“Obon” (Aug 10-16) is one of the biggest holiday season in Japan. More and more people use Internet to obtain leisure related information such as travel booking, attraction, and weather. On the other hand, people are busy with their vacation … Read More