takagi - 3:59 am on May 19, 2004 (gmt 0)
I tried to find some data about search engine usage in Japan. A reliable but a little old (end of 2002) source I found here [kiko-net.com]. In the graph you can see what search engine they used (more than one answer was allowed). Yahoo Japan had over 70%, Goo had a little over 25%, Google about 20%, followed by Infoseek, MSN Search and Lycos Japan with each 10% or more. It was mentioned that Goo and Google increased their marketshare, but I think the graph would not be very different now. After seeing that graph I better understand ron_ron's fear. Sorry.