MySpace Japan Beta Opens

TOKYO (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — MySpace, the social networking portal has launched the Japanese version of its page. The event was marked by a concert from Noel Gallagher and Gem Archer of the band Oasis who stopped in at a Tokyo club for a semi-acoustic set as part of their current tour. Tickets to the concert were made available to MySpace members who won a contest.

MySpace has partnered with SoftBank, a Japanese telecommunications giant to open up the Japanese language version of the popular Internet site. They hope to leverage MySpace's success as an alternative avenue of promotion for music into Japanese culture. This may not be as easy as one might think however. Japan has much more stringent laws in regards to how licensed music can be used.

MySpace already has some competition. mixi is the number #1 social networking site that is already up and running in the island nation. mixi however, focuses on small, special interest groups and providing a forum by which they can meet and is thus less generalized than MySpace hopes to be. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers