I was wondering about japanese IT market since NHN, corp. still plans to japanes web search offering as far as I know. So, I asked about it to 'Tetsuya Kitahata' who is a japanese, a man of IT enterprise, also famous for his open source work (Apache Jakarta). He said, "Baidu (Chinese leading company in web search engine) is struggling here in japan.", "Yahoo! JAPAN is the most popular web search engine in Japan (Yahoo:Goole:MSN = 6:3:1). Yahoo, Inc. is/was mostly owned by the Japanese (to be precise, he has bloodline of Korean), named Masayoshi SON from the beginning (in 1996 or around?). Mr. SON is one of the most famous entrepreneurs in Japan. So, Yahoo! is very popular in Japan. I can not think that Baidu can beat neither Yahoo! Japan nor Google Japan. Mr. SON is the owner and CEO of SOFTBANK, K.K.".
Hmm, I can't forecast the success but, A degree of success seems predictable.