BAIDU:  China’s largest search portal set up its Japan branch named “Baidu.jp” earlier this year, in an attempt to further expand its global share. Currently, it offers a series of search services in the country, ranging from Web search, image search, video search, to blog search.
ALIBABA has an announced a deal with SOFTBANK (a major shareholder since the early days) to establish a joint venture in Japan. Details were not disclosed, but ownership may be split 65:35 in Softbank’s favor, while another report indicated that the venture will target Japanese SMEs. Source: BSG Hong KongBIIA Newsletter May – 2008 Issue