Japan Articles

Japanese Favor Yahoo Music
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Nearly 40 percent of the Japanese online population visited an entertainment music site in August, according to a new study from comScore.

The study found that Japan had the highest penetration of users of Apple iTunes during the month, when compared to users in the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Germany.

Google Maps Introducing English Labels For Japan
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Visiting a country in which English isn’t the official language can be tricky.  Visiting one in which the Latin alphabet isn’t common can be crazy.  But luckily for some travelers, Google’s trying to sort out the matter on its maps of Japan.

Japan Is Future Internet Ready
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It’s time for our periodic We-Suck-At-Internet rant, which entails comparing and despairing (thanks, Stewart Smalley) over how slow the Internet is in the US. Once again, Japan has us beat and is ready for next-generation applications like high-quality video streaming. But Slovenia? Lithuania? Latvia? They’re faster than us, too?

Japan Wants To Limit Kid’s Mobile Usage
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Japanese children should have limited access to mobile phones to protect them from harmful content according to an advisory panel to the government.

The advisory council on education made the proposal to Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda as children become more likely to be exposed to cyber crimes and bullying on Internet school bulletin boards.

Japanese Take Wireless Net To Warp Speed
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Just a reminder: Traffic prioritization and management won’t matter much once we realize the full potential of fiber and other technologies on the near horizon. Second reminder: Those in control of the networks plan on gouging you the whole way via controlled, incremental upgrades in speed and capacity.

Charging 40 times bandwidth? Sure if it’s still 2005. The network providers are looking at a much better rate than that, at least for the foreseeable future, so long as the future can be delayed long enough to maximize profit.

Google Japan Gets Makeover
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Google Japan probably isn’t a site you visit on a daily basis.  You might want to make a special stop this once, though, because it’s undergone a mildly interesting change.

Google Japan Gets New Design

The Google Japan homepage was redesigned, as some of you are seeing it (and as the Google Japan blog reports). Perhaps this only shows in some locations – I can’t see it yet – but Colin Colehour posted some screenshots in the forum. As far as I can tell the four tabs consist of:

TV Mobile Phone Shipments In Japan Hit 20 Million
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Total shipments in Japan of mobile phones compatible with digital terrestrial television broadcast services reached 20 million units for the first time since the service was launched in 2006.

The figure was reached in December, due to the shipments of more than 1 million mobiles during the month according to the Telecommunications Carriers Association.

U.S. Online Gambling Deal Is Classified
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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative reached a deal with the European Union, Japan and Canada over the U.S. ban on online gambling, but the problem is the details of the agreement have never been made public.

Japanese Police Bust Virus Writer

Police in Kyoto have arrested three men, who were involved in a plot to infect users of the P2P file-sharing network Winny with a Trojan horse that displayed images of anime characters while erasing music and movie files.

The malware called Harada is thought to be connected to the Pirlames Trojan horse which anti-spam firm Sophos reported blocking in Japan last year. The three men have admitted they took part in the crime. One man wrote the malware, while the other two are thought to have distributed the malicious code through Winny.

Baidu’s Turning Japanese

Baidu.com, Inc. the leading Chinese language Internet search provider, has formally launched its Japanese language search engine at www.baidu.jp.


Their Japanese language search engine is run by Baidu’s Japanese subsidiary, Baidu, Inc.

Baidu Japanese homepage

Baidu Tries Again In Japan

China’s top search engine, Baidu, crosses the waves to Japan where it will face off against Yahoo’s formidable presence, as well as Google.

Court Rules Against Amazon In Basis Technology Suit

Popular online retailer Amazon.com has found its self on the losing end of a lawsuit brought by Basis Technology concerning the establishment of Amazon’s Japan subsidiary and its Japanese ecommerce site Amazon.co.jp.


Baidu Reschedules Japanese Release

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and here’s a new search engine!  Or not.  Baidu seems to have realized the last item on that list might not get as much attention as the other two, and as a result, the company pushed back a planned expansion into Japan.

Mobile Advertising Growing Fast In Japan

In 2007, the Japanese online advertising market was projected to be worth between $3.4 billion (Dentsu) and $4.1 billion (PricewaterhouseCoopers). By 2011, Dentsu estimates that Japan’s online ad market value will be $6.8 billion; PrivewaterhouseCoopers says it will be slightly more at $7 billion.

Japan PM Posts Video On YouTube

Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda posted a New Years greeting in both Japanese and English on YouTube.

Humbled eBay Joins Yahoo In Japan
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A new partnership between eBay and Yahoo Japan returns the online auctioneer to a country where Yahoo dominates the Internet landscape.

Yahoo Japan Prepares HDTV Portal

Like the idea of high-definition TV?  So, it seems, does Yahoo Japan, which reportedly intends to launch an Internet portal serving HD-ready TVs.  And there are a couple points of interest even for those of us who live outside Japan.

Yahoo Still Top Search Engine In Japan
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In many technological aspects, Japan’s got America beat.  Hands-down, where-is-my-robot-butler beat.  Which makes me wonder about the implications of Yahoo’s continued success in that country.

Mobile Web Users Trail PC Users In Japan

Over 53 million people in Japan use a mobile device to access the Internet, according to comScore.

Google AdSense For Search Learns Vietnamese
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Various estimates put Vietnam’s population at around 85 million.  And with a new Vietnamese version, Google’s doing its best to make sure all of those people are able to use Google AdSense for search.