Techcrunch Japan launched June 20, 2006Posted by fukumimi in IT, Japan, Japanese, TechCrunch.
(The RSS feed is http://jp.techcrunch.com/feed/)
There were clues on Techcrunch that this was in the works, with trackbacks on Techcrunch posts from jp.techcrunch.com with snippets of Japanese text being displayed. (although the links returned error messages at that time before the official launch of the Japanese page)
One big thing I have noticed which differentiates between Techcrunch (and for that matter, Techcrunch France) and Techcrunch Japan is the anonymous nature of the individual(s) behind Techcrunch Japan, who is/(or more likely in the plural) are hidden behind the Japanese site. They have announced that they will be creating original content as well, not just translating stuff written by Messers Arrington and Kirkpatrick, and Monsieur Ohayon. If the Japanese editorial "team" is going to be authoring content, shouldn't the Japanese writers also be identified?
Techcrunch is meant to be about "Web2.0" which I believe emphasises a social component if I am not mistaken, and blogging is meant to be about conversations.
Whilst a recent Japanese survey found that more than 90% of Japanese bloggers are anonymous, I don't think that is really a reason (excuse) for Techcrunch Japan to post anonymously, given their position within the blogosphere.
Anonymous bloggers blogging about anything remotely related to money or business aren't really my cup of tea. YMMV.
Disclosure is (hopefully) a rule which business bloggers all adhere to. I think Michael Arrington should think about the implication of an anonymous "editorial team" being a major component of the Techcrunch Japan outfit.
As for the quality of translation, it isn't bad at all.
However I might make the suggestion that to make it more relevant to Japanese users, the Japan team (who ever they are. Ok, I've made my point and I won't nag any further) might add a line or two about usability from a uniquely Japanese perspective. Handling of Japanese input, any issues with signing up from Japan, etc.