Japan Follows France In Thinking That Gov't Bureaucracy Can Beat Google

from the how's-that-working-in-France? dept

We've written in the past about the French boondoggle of a plan to create a government-subsidized search engine to compete with Google. Marc Andreessen points out that Japan is the latest country to try to compete with Google using government subsidies. Apparently, a consortium of large Japanese companies will divide up the task of developing a Google-killer, with the whole project overseen by government bureaucrats. Somehow, it's unlikely that Google is worried. One thing that did catch our eye, though, is that as we've discussed before, Japan's overly-restrictive copyright laws seem to be holding back innovation. According to the Financial Times, copyright law doesn't permit companies to hold copies of others' websites on their servers. That makes it awfully hard to build a functional search engine. Perhaps instead of spending money building a government-subsidized search engine, the Japanese government should focus on making its copyright policies more hospitable to high-tech innovation.

Filed Under: bureaucracy, foreign competition, gov't subsidies, search engines
Companies: google, miti

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  1. identicon
    Joe Smith, 9 Sep 2007 @ 3:28pm

    Re: When Freedom Doesn't Help

    Without validating some of the stronger language in Dorpus's post, books and articles on cross cultural communication in the business context do say that different cultures have different views on truth and honesty - they may even have different views on what is real and what is not real.

    As a result of a business relationship I am involved in I am becoming very concerned over just how wide a gap there is between the views of WASPs (like me) and the views of South Asians (Hindus and Sikhs) on the importance of honesty; what it means to be "honest"; what is true and what is not true; what is real and what is not real. This is not an abstract epistimological concern but a real, immediate, practical concern involving several million dollars.

    Are there any good books or articles out there that would help me understand the South Asian approach to "truth".

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