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Japan's biggest BBS site "2ch" was aquired by foreign company

Even after mixi, gree, facebook and twitter, BBS sites are still popular in Japan. The biggest BBS site in Japan, “2ch” is where you can hear all the gossip about… just about everything you want to know.
There was a rumor back in late 2007 that the owner wanted to close the site. Instead, Hirouki Nishimura, owner of 2ch, has been exploring the deals to pass one of the most popular sites in Japan to another company.

On January 2, 2009, he has announced (quietly) that the 2ch has been acquired by Packet Monster Inc. on the FAQ section on the site by switching the answer to the question “Who is running the site?” to “2ch.net is managed and operated by PACKET MONSTER INC.”. Also, his name has been removed from the management information. It appears that Packet Monster Inc. is located in Singapore.

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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.

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