TOKYO - Google Inc, the US
provider of the world's leading Internet search engine
service, plans to set up a research and development
(R&D) center in Japan by June.
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
It is known that
keywords input into search engines differ widely
depending on the country or region, even if the users
are searching for the same information.
R&D center is due to be set up within the Japanese
unit of Google, but will answer directly to its US
parent. Its start up will likely involve five engineers
from the US parent and 10-15 local engineers.
The center will be the third overseas R&D
base for Google after Switzerland and India.
Apr 22, 2004
material from Asia Times Online may be republished in any form without written
2003, Asia Times Online, 4305 Far East Finance Centre, 16 Harcourt Rd,
Central, Hong Kong