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Baidu opens Japan office, to launch search services and build R & D center [interfax.com]
Wu Zhimei from Baidu's PR department said that Baidu opened an office in Japan earlier this month, staffed mainly by Japanese nationals. Wu confirmed that the company will launch new search services in Japan soon, though refused to reveal any details in advance of a company press conference scheduled for the end of this month.
In addition, Wu said Baidu may set up an R & D center in Tokyo as part of its Japan expansion plan this year. She refused to give the exact date when the center will open.
Baidu to Start Japanese Search Service After One-Month Delay [bloomberg.com]
Baidu.com Inc., operator of China's most-used Internet search site, will introduce its Japanese- language service on Jan. 23, a month later than expected.
The start of the service was postponed to avoid the new year's holiday in Japan and not because of any technical problems, Wei Fang, a spokesman for Baidu, said today by telephone. Chief Executive Officer Robin Li had said in October that the service would start by the end of 2007.
Baidu To Take 10% of Japanese Market [pacificepoch.com]
Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU) CEO Robin Li estimates that Baidu.jp will garner ten percent of the Japanese market in its first stage of operations, reports Southern Metropolitan News. Baidu has already selected its Tokyo office and organized the majority of its employees in preparation for the official release of Baidu.jp scheduled for January 23, according to the report.
I can't access www.baidu.jp from the Mainland at all!
Seems Baidu have a lot to improve on this regard!
There was some controversy about this. The general buzz is that Chinese users were using Baidu.jp to surf for forbidden content including porn, political, gambling and other things, and that's why China cut off access to the site from China. I've read some very fervent conspiracy theorists who claim that Google was behind getting the block put into place. Regardless of the details, it's been blocked on the Great Firewall.