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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.
Baidu's bots were notorious for their bad behaviour. Has this changed?
What do your logs say?
The Japan market is going to be extremely tough for Baidu. I think they're starting out right by focusing exclusively on search.
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.
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.