default search provider for ja locale

Bug #531332 reported by Nobuto Murata on 2010-03-03
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ubufox Extension
language-pack-ja (Ubuntu)
ubufox (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: ubufox

We, Ubuntu Japanese LoCo team, propose to change default search provider for ja locale.

Expected result:
 1. search result page interface is localized and translated in Japanese.
 2. "pages in Japanese" narrow down works
 3. search page ranking is reasonable

Actual result with
 1. search result page is displayed in English.
 2. "pages in Japanese" narrow down does not work. "pages in Japanese" hits pages written in English.
 3. search page ranking is unreasonable. because's search engine cannot recognize Japanese properly. covers Germany, France, Spain, etc. like * So in these locales, search result pages are translated well.
Yahoo! Japan ( covers Japan, but it is not a part of

Back to Google will solve these 3 problems.

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
Date: Wed Mar 3 19:48:36 2010
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.04
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx" - Alpha i386 (20100302)
Package: ubufox 0.9~b1-0ubuntu1
PackageArchitecture: all
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.32-14.20-generic
SourcePackage: ubufox
Uname: Linux 2.6.32-14-generic i686

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Nobuto Murata (nobuto) wrote :
Alexander Sack (asac) wrote :

so if we used it would be properly translated? what is used for you atm?

Changed in ubufox (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Fumihito YOSHIDA (hito) wrote :

Hi Alexander,

Yes. is fully translated/localized. But, IMHO it unfits Ubuntu.
I think is much better.
 - 's engine provides by Its OEM.
 - is not branch(only branding). And (may be) we have not any contract.
   If we provide interface, but Ubuntu/Canonical does not gain any
   compensation(of course, feel delight...).

But by the time, if Canonical has contract with, is coordinate

Changed in ubufox (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → New
Nobuto Murata (nobuto) wrote :

> so if we used it would be properly translated?

> what is used for you atm?
I am using Google.

I heard that one of the reasons to switch to from Google has a financial aspect.
If Canonical or Ubuntu community can sign a contract with Yahoo! Japan ( not,
and if the revenue sharing with is larger than Google,
it is nice to set as default search provider.

But if we have no contract with,
setting as default would not do us much good.

Just a side note:
In Japan,
the popularity of Google and Yahoo! Japan is about 50:50.
The users who are familiar with computers likes Google.
But normal users use Yahoo! Japan as search provider because Yahoo! Japan is a large portal site.

Fumihito wrote,
> - 's engine provides by Its OEM.
it is not correct. The engine of used to be as OEM.
But now, google and result is different.

Nobuto Murata (nobuto) wrote :

As another way of back to Google,
there is a way to change to as Alexander said.

So, I have investigated and found that language-pack-ja can provide localized search engines.
As other locales like language-pack-de, if we could provide as "Yahoo",
no default search engine change is needed.

I will post the fix for language-pack-ja later.

Nobuto Murata (nobuto) wrote :

Here is a easy fix for using instead of
We can add to mozilla.tar.gz to language-pack-ja as language-pack-ja-10.04+20100227/data/mozilla.tar.gz.
and if mozilla.tar.gz contains the attached yahoo.xml as usr/lib/firefox-addons/searchplugins/ja/yahoo.xml,
we can use redirected from

Nobuto Murata (nobuto) on 2010-04-08
Changed in language-pack-ja (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
Nobuto Murata (nobuto) wrote :

This bug was fixed in lp:ubufox rev.204 and ubufox (0.9~rc2-0ubuntu1).
But there is no mention to this bug in changelog.
So I will close this bug as "Invalid", not "Fix released". Thank you.

Changed in ubufox:
status: New → Invalid
Changed in ubufox (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
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