Japan’s Government Forms Study Group To Determine if Country Should Launch Its Own Search Engine

Both the AP and Agence France Press report that Japan’s government is asking both the business and education/research sectors if the country should develop its own search engine technology and a service that’s “unique to Japan” to compete with AJ Japan, Google Japan, Yahoo Japan, and others.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will convene a study group consisting about 20 Japanese electronics companies and universities on Internet search engines, said Fumihiro Kajikawa, a ministry official in charge of information policies…The Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper reported Monday that the government plans to spend tens of millions of dollars for a three-to five year project to develop a search engine beginning in fiscal 2007.

Btw, a very recent American entry into Japan’s search market comes from Vivisimo. About three weeks ago we posted that a Japanese version of Clusty went live in late November. We also know that Ask Jeeves is currently testing their new blog search engine in Japan.

Postscript (from Danny): See also France To Fund European Search Engine; Replay Of Boeing-Airbus In The Search World? covering an earlier, similar concern that France sees in developing its own search industry.

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