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Date posted: 01/08/2010
Microsoft on Tuesday denounced Yahoo! Japan's Internet search alliance with Google, saying it would give Google near-total control over the third-largest market for search queries in the world.
"Google's plan would cement its position as essentially the sole provider of search results in Japan for years to come," Microsoft vice president and deputy general counsel Dave Heiner said in a blog post.
"The proposed deal will eliminate search competition in Japan -- in paid advertising and natural search results," Heiner said.
The agreement calls for Yahoo! Japan to switch to Google's search engine this year from the Yahoo! Inc. technology currently used and deploy Google's online advertising and distribution system.
Despite its namesake, the Japanese portal is 40 percent owned by telecoms operator Softbank, while Yahoo Inc. holds a 35 percent stake.
It is therefore not directly affected by the search partnership reached last year between Microsoft and Yahoo!, an alliance aimed at boosting competition with Google, which has two-thirds of the global market.
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