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Ebay partners with Yahoo Japan

Last week, traffic results by internet monitoring firm Comscore (via Vnunet (opens in new tab)) showed "a strong rise in visits to eBay UK as users searched for Christmas presents. EBay UK recorded nearly 250,000 extra visits last month." and the good news (via Interactive Investor (opens in new tab)) continued pouring in as its payment arm, Paypal posted a healthy 33 percent rise in online payment volume on the day after Thanksgiving compared with last year's Black Friday in the United States.

Now comes news that Ebay and Yahoo Japan are set to announce on Tuesday a tie-up in the Internet auctions business that could see customers of each site bidding on and buying items listed on the other, according to Infoworld (opens in new tab).

PC Advisor (opens in new tab) adds that "The deal, which brings together the world leader in internet auctions with the largest player in the Japanese market, kicks off with the launch later today of 'Sekaimon'. The website, whose name in Japanese means 'gateway to the world', allows Yahoo Japan users access to bid on items listed on eBay's US site using their Yahoo Japan ID."

The move comes five years after Ebay pulled out of Japan following two years of difficult conditions in a market where Yahoo Japan and Rakuten are already vying for the Japanese auction market.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.