Irate Japanese authors see Google Book Search as 'black ships' of digital era -- The Mainichi Daily News.
Interesting piece. The thrust of the argument is that books written in English get higher rankings in Google's Book Search. The article's undercurrent of U.S. cultural hegemony via search engine dominance is balanced and interesting.
Related reading: Japan After Japan: Social and Cultural Life from the Recessionary 1990s to the Present (Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society) by Tomiko Yoda, Harry Harootunian, and Sabu Kosh.