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Google overtakes Yahoo Japan as PC portal leader

Google is attracting more Japanese personal computer users.

TOKYO -- Google of the U.S. overtook Yahoo Japan as the most crowded PC portal in Japan, according to the Nikkei's 2014 domestic market share rankings, released Saturday. Of 100 product and service categories, nine had new market leaders. Meanwhile, the top three players in most categories continued to gobble up more combined market share.

     The number of Google's average monthly users among personal computer owners increased 4.4 percentage points from the previous year to 29.1%, topping rival Yahoo Japan by 1.8 percentage points.

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