NHN Plans to Stop Japanese Web Search Offering

NHN (the Korean search engine/portal) who just launched a desktop search app (see: Leading Korean Search Engine Launches Desktop Search App) is planning to stop offering web search in Japan on January 31, 2004. However, “portal, blog, and other services will continue to be offered…” NHN began offering search services in Japan in 2003.

According to Asia Pulse, NHN will no longer offer its search services in Japan because the company, “has been unable to dent Yahoo Japan Corp.’s dominance in the country.” The article goes on to say that Yahoo Japan has about 80 to 90 percent of the country’s search market.

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