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The location will be charged with developing search engine software that is easier for the Japanese to use. The center is also expected to develop content and new services for Japan, rather than simply localize the company's English-language resources.Source: Google to establish R&D center in Japan [atimes.com]
[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 3:06 pm (utc) on April 23, 2004]
Just like on the American Google.com with adding 'dictionary' to your keyword to get a description of that word, adding the kanji for 'eiwa' (English-Japanese) or 'waei' (Japanese-English) to a keyword, gives an icon for the translation of that word (example: house [google.co.jp] or 'kasa' [google.co.jp]).
The kanji for company information (kaisha joho) and company name gives a link to a page on Nikkei site with news and information about that company. (Example: Toyota [google.co.jp])
Combine the kanji for stockprice ('kabuka') with the company name, and you will get the link to the related stock information page on the Nikkei site (Muji [google.co.jp]).
Entering <city name A> 'kara' <city name B> (from A to B) will give an train-icon on the SERP with 2 links for train information (Tokyo-Kobe [google.co.jp]).
Parcel delivery information
Just like you can do for some time with UPS and FedEx , it's now also possible for the company 'Yamato' to get parcel delivery information by entering that company name and the parcel code. (1583-2806-9200 [google.co.jp])
Let's hope that the engineers at this new R&D center can come up with other nice features.
I found this info in Japanese here [newsflash.nifty.com]