Olney - 12:49 am on Oct 17, 2011 (gmt 0)
That office was probably for Baidu Japan though. That has been there since 2007 I believe, and was opened in conjunction with their Japanese language search engine.
Actually Bill Baidu Japan at that time didn't have any ads on it. Their function was to coordinate sales for ads targeting China. I remember that also even now Baidu.jp uses the Yahoo Japan feed you don't need sales staff for that.
At that time at the agency I was at we had Chinese staff in the office. Now at my agency we just get outbound campaigns done by our offices in China. For the last 3 years that's why I have no idea what the local Baidu Japan office is up to.