This is a reboot of a post I wrote back in July last year, listing up the Japanese equivalents of websites that are popular in the US and Europe.
For example, Japanese people don’t know Ebay but auction their stuff off on Yahoo Japan Auctions, get in touch with friends via Mixi instead of Facebook etc. etc.
I linked to the English versions whenever possible (see the [ENG] mark).
Leave a comment if you want to know more or think one of these attributions is off.
I) General web services
What is the Japanese equivalent of Tripadvisor?
Yahoo! Japan Photos.
Minna no Topics (Everyone’s topics/closed).
No equivalent (many business social networks failed in Japan – look here for a list).
Nico Nico Douga.
Rakuten and Amazon Japan
Hatena Bookmark. [ENG]
dooyoo (price comparison engine)?
No equivalent (there is no culture for classifieds in Japan, which means an instant success for a “Japanese Craigslist” is next to impossible to achieve).
imdb (Internet Movie Database)?
Nihon Eiga Database (Japan Movie Database).
Wall Street Journal Online?
Nikkei Online. [ENG]
Yahoo! Japan Auctions.
Futaba (the original).
Mixi Music (registration required/will be turned off soon).
Oshiete!goo and Yahoo! Chiebukuro.
Hangame Japan. GREE and Mobage-town on cell phones.
What is the Japanese equivalent of Techcrunch?
No equivalent. TechCrunch Japan is beginning to publish original articles.
the Huffington Post?
III) Web tools and software:
What is the Japanese equivalent of Gmail?
Yahoo! Japan Mail.
iTunes Japan (Lismo for mobile downloads which accounted for 90% of all music downloads in 2007 in Japan).
Share. (see info on Asiajin)
Sleipnir [ENG] and Lunascape [ENG].