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Baidu Japan now open

 6:04 am on Mar 22, 2007 (gmt 0)

The leader of the Chinese search industry now has a foothold in the Japanese market with the opening of their new Japanese language search engine Baidu Japan:

  • [baidu.jp ]

    The home page no longer shows "beta" in the logo, but this still shows in the SERPs.

    The SERPs oddly enough remind me of the old Google SERPs. Everything is very minimal. There don't appear to be any advertisements yet. All that is offered right now are Web and Image search options. I am sure more options are waiting in the wings.

    There are reports that baidu.co.jp was transferred to Baidu this week after being ruled on by Japan's intellectual property arbitration center. The site still shows the old CBC Japan Inc. page for me today though.



     9:28 am on Mar 22, 2007 (gmt 0)

    This is exciting news.

    Baidu has the market lead in China, with far more market share than Google has.

    It'll be interesting to see how Baidu Japan pans out, and how Baidu expands into the rest of Asia.


     10:31 am on Mar 22, 2007 (gmt 0)

    Yes, quite an exciting news!


     3:07 am on Mar 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

    I have a feeling they'll more into Google's share of the market than Yahoo's.


     4:35 am on Mar 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

    ok,good news


     10:24 am on Mar 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

    Baidu's bots were notorious for their bad behaviour. Has this changed? Perhaps it's time to let them in again...


     11:12 am on Mar 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

    one of the most important reasons that why baidu defeated(at least it is till now) google China is that baidu knows China better than Google; To win the next round game in the Japan market, local talent people is more important than search engine technology itself(in the initial stage), just like Masayoshi Son to Jerry Yang, Robin Lee should spend more time to locate his partner. :)


     4:36 pm on Mar 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

    Baidu's bots were notorious for their bad behaviour. Has this changed?

    What do your logs say?

  • Baidu Japan spider out and about [webmasterworld.com]

    The Japan market is going to be extremely tough for Baidu. I think they're starting out right by focusing exclusively on search.

  • waterskin

     9:16 am on Mar 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

    I know it!You can find many #*$! contents via Baidu.jp


     4:29 am on Mar 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

    great news.
    but i think that i will be very tough for baidu to expand its market in jp as a especial relationship between china and japan


     6:30 am on Mar 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

    Wow. Quite a few new faces in this thread. Welcome to WebmasterWorld wackimonki, exploser, tyg116, waterskin & horisly!

    Baidu Japan certainly has its work cut out for them. It will take quite a while for them to break into this market with just a simple search function and very little promotion. I get the feeling that Baidu is not looking to be the top player in Japan, but rather to just have a functioning presence in the market.

    Drunk N Japan

     1:12 pm on Mar 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

    Baidu.jp will have a very tough time of it if they do not cater to the teenage girl crowd. If any business can win over this group they are almost guaranteed initial success, and if they actually have a product worth using, they will retain customers even after the initial fad washes over. The problem many foreign companies have in Japan is that they fail to realize the whimsical nature of current Japanese society. Most products in Japan have a life cycle of approx. 1 year. After which it is revamped and re-released under a new name. If they can attune their search engine to the cellphone crowd they can make up a lot of ground in the market. With approx 1.2 to 2 cellphones per capita(guessing) that would be the niche that I would try to exploit first.



     2:12 pm on Mar 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

    Baidu.jp will have a very tough time of it if they do not cater to the teenage girl crowd.

    I agree: any good entrepreneur should not ignore the young generation as they are leading the trend of the society.


     4:38 am on Apr 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

    I had read some reports of Chinese surfers using Baidu Japan's image search to access banned images and content. I wondered how long it would take before that avenue was shut down.

    China Blocks Baidu Japan [pacificepoch.com]

    Baidu's Japanese search engine Baidu.jp has been blocked in mainland China. There have been numerous reports about pornographic and politically sensitive content being available through Baidu.jp. Baidu's main site Baidu.com blocks pornographic or politically sensitive content (as does Google.cn). Baidu.jp was launched on March 20 and according to Alexa.com statistics, 59 percent of users are from mainland China and 76 percent of the searches on Baidu.jp are for images, eNet reported last week before the site was blocked.


     6:33 pm on Apr 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

    Yes,Baidu.jp is blocked by China's ISP,for too much the teenage girl p0rn pics.


     7:11 am on Apr 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

    quite an exciting news!


     7:56 am on Apr 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

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