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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 without an invitation in Australia and New Zealand.

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Motoko Hunt

President & Search Marketing Strategist at AJPR
Motoko Hunt manages the SEO for all of Adobe's properties in Japan and the APAC region. Prior to joining Adobe, Motoko established AJPR in 1998; she has been providing search marketing consulting services targeting Japan and Asia to companies around the world. Her services have made a big impact on the search marketing campaigns of some of the world's most popular multi-national brands. A number of her articles have been published on industry websites and printed media including MultiLingual Computing and the International Journal of Localisation. She also writes about the Japanese online market on her blog at AJPR and contributes to several online magazines in Japan and Asia. She served as a member of the board of directors of SEMPO in 2010-2012, and is a chairperson of the SEMPO Asia-Pacific Committee.

7 Responses to Gmail is available for everyone in Japan

  1. Joan says:

    I read that Yahoo.Japan is the most popular and widely used provider. Can I get emails on my U.S.Yahoo.com account in Japan? Please advise. Thank you.

  2. vexxias says:

    what’s the address googley gmail -japanese- version ?

  3. carima says:

    hai my name carima>>>>>>>>>>> in japan>>>>plaes now iwant

  4. Motoko Hunt says:

    Hi Bob,

    It’s the same “@gmail.com” that you sign up in US. You can write mails in Japanese. You can also write mails in Japanese with Yahoo, MSN, and other free emailing services.
    You just need to set up the PC to able Japanese fonts.

  5. Bob says:


    Hello, can sign up for the Japanese G-Mail in the us and when I type it will show up in Japanese? My daughter has a friend outside Tokyo who she would love to type in Japanese with?

    Thank you

  6. Motoko Hunt says:

    Hi David

    Yes, I have a few. 🙂 Gmail has been available to people in Japan since the beginning. At first there were some problems with the characters in the message, but it works great now.

    I’m sure Google wants more Japanese to have gmail account so that more people would use Google tools and services that require you to login with gmail account.

  7. David Temple says:

    I’m sure you already have one or more Motoko. How long has gmail been in Japan? It’s interesting how Google is going to the public accounts now. They probably reached a point of saturation and weren’t getting many invites lately. Of course they want everybody to have a gmail account.

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