Sunnyvale, Calif. – Yahoo Japan, a joint venture between the
company and Softbank, has signed a deal to switch from using Microsoft’s (NASD: MSFT) search
results to Google’s (NASD: GOOG), All Things D reported. Under the terms, Yahoo Japan will use
Google’s search results, in addition to Google’s search ad technology platform.
Yahoo (NASD: YHOO), which owns 35% of Yahoo Japan, said in a statement that the joint
venture’s deal with Google "does not impact the global rollout and
implementation of the Yahoo search alliance with Microsoft, except in the
All Things D notes that Microsoft is likely to lobby
regulators to thwart the deal in Japan.
"[The deal] means there will be no
search competition in Japan and that Google will end up controlling all
personal search information for all Japanese consumers and businesses,"
Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith told Dow Jones.
(All Things D)