Yahoo! JAPAN Partners with Google and Expands Search Service

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – April 2, 2001 – Google Inc., developer of the award-winning Google search engine, today announced an alliance with Yahoo! JAPAN, whereby users of the Yahoo! JAPAN website will have immediate access to Google’s comprehensive and easy-to-use search engine.

Available now at, Google’s fast and highly relevant search technology serves as the underlying web search engine that complements Yahoo! JAPAN’s popular web directory and navigational guide. Yahoo! JAPAN is one of the most visited websites in Asia, with more than 19 million unique users every month.

"We are very pleased to form an alliance with Google, which offers its service globally and has a very good reputation among Japanese Internet users," said Masahiro Inoue, president and CEO of Yahoo! JAPAN.

"Yahoo! is one of the most recognized Internet brands on the planet," said Larry Page, CEO and co-founder of Google. "This partnership significantly extends our reach in Japan, one of the most important international markets."

Today’s announcement represents an extension of Google’s strategic relationship with Yahoo!. In June 2000, Google was selected as Yahoo!’s default search engine provider. Google’s award-winning search technology currently powers 19 Yahoo! properties worldwide.

Google in Japan

The Google search engine is available in Japanese through both the company’s Japanese home page (, and through a number of partners including Yahoo! JAPAN, NEC BIGLOBE, and Google recently introduced a wireless version of Google for NTT DoCoMo’s Internet-ready i-mode phones. This innovative service is available to users of any i-mode phone at

About Google Inc.

With the largest index of websites available on the World Wide Web and the industry’s most advanced search technology, Google Inc. delivers the fastest and easiest way to find relevant information on the Internet. Google’s technological innovations have earned the company numerous industry awards and citations, including two Webby Awards; WIRED magazine’s Reader Raves Award; Best Internet Innovation and Technical Excellence Award from PC Magazine; Best Search Engine on the Internet from Yahoo! Internet Life; Top Ten Best Cybertech from TIME magazine; and Editor’s Pick from CNET.

A growing number of companies worldwide, including Yahoo!, AOL/Netscape, and Cisco Systems, rely on Google to power search on their websites. A privately held company based in Mountain View, Calif., Google’s investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Capital. More information about Google can be found on the Google site at

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