Japanese to work on a rival to Google

By Derek Sooman on December 20, 2005, 7:00 PM
The Japanese government is set to work to get together a Japanese alternative to Yahoo! and Google. A project tipped to cost about £500 million and three years to complete begins this week, aiming to provide the ultimate tool for navigating online content. A great deal of political weight is behind this work, so much so that it brings rivals Sony and Matsushita together. More than 20 companies, including Hitachi and Panasonic, have joined the research group.

The impetus is believed to come indirectly from the IT research department of the office of Junichiro Koizumi, the Prime Minister. He has embraced the internet as a political tool, and has emphasised Japanís need to extend its presence in the world of information technology.

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PanicX said:
Thats quite an undertaking and with only a $60 million dollar budget to dethrone a billion dollar company. Unless Google really screws up in the next 3 years, I don't see this project having any merit. It doesn't even specify if languages besides Japanese will be supported.
DragonMaster said:
Do they really have a reason?
spike said:
[quote]Do they really have a reason?[/quote]Corporate dominance and control - the usual.To be honest, while it's debateable as to whether or not the now corporate giant Google still has it, a large part of the reason that it was so successful and grew so large was the ethos of its creators and their vision - it was intended to be innovative, friendly, and very ethical.Could any group involving major multi-nationals such as the "master of rootkits" (aka sony) achieve the same?
DragonMaster said:
Sony did ten years ago, before they changed president. I recently read that they have a new vice-pres. that wants them to focus on home A/V only. They might sell their insurances company, bank, cell phone company, etc. (All the unrelated things)
ArmyofKirb said:
I wonder if the search results will be in Engrish...
Mictlantecuhtli said:
[b]Originally posted by DragonMaster:[/b][quote]Do they really have a reason?[/quote]Yes. More search engines = better potential web coverage, more diversity, smaller chances for search engines censoring results.
Rage_3K_Moiz said:
Unless Google has some major bad luck in the next three years, there's no use of this money and hard work. Might as well try and beat Microsoft :P
nathanskywalker said:
Well i don't know, competition is a good thing. Keeps one company from getting to lazy. And personally i think microsoft could use some serious competition as well...but that is kind of besides the point.
mentaljedi said:
I don't know about you but i'm waiting for a Google OS. Then we'll see whether Google still has potential. As for this joke of a venture, why compete with Google. Its practically perfect and FREE!!! What can we gain, as Google is still expanding and is definitly not getting lazy. As for Micosorft, its not lazy just too full of ego to move around.
PanicX said:
"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." - Lord ActonI've no doubt in my mind that for Google to maintain "practically perfect and FREE!!!", competition is a must.
Bartzy said:
[b]Originally posted by Rage_3K_Moiz:[/b][quote]Unless Google has some major bad luck in the next three years, there's no use of this money and hard work. Might as well try and beat Microsoft :P[/quote]Sure, the 600 Billion dollars company (Or is it more by now?) will fall down because some japanese doods invested half a billion.In today's world, this things does not exist. Microsoft will remain Microsoft and control the OS market, and Google will control the Search engine market. People got used to that. It's simple as that.
barfarf said:
I agree with Rage google and MS are not going anywere anytime soon. But i say go for it Japan. Competition is good for business. More companies = more choices.barfarf
zephead said:
the japanese have used this strategy before, but i'm not sure if it would work in this situation.
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