Japan may create its own search engine

by admin December 21, 2005 at 11:28 am

Japan is limbering up to challenge the might of Google and Yahoo by developing its own search engine.

The country’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has organized a study group consisting of about 20 Japanese electronics companies–including Hitachi and Panasonic–and universities, which will consider the merits of creating a search tool specifically for the country’s Web users.

“The group will look into issues including whether Japan will start its own search engine,” said Fumihiro Kajikawa, a ministry official in charge of information policies. According to reports, the Japanese government is considering spending up to about $885 million on the plan, as part of its drive to become a more dominant online player.

Japan’s prime minister, Junichiro Koizumi, has previously said that the country needs to extend its influence in the IT arena.

Read more: CNET News.com