LinkedIn launches in Japanese

TOKYO (AP) ? LinkedIn Corp. has launched in Japanese, marking the rapidly growing professional networking service’s first Asian language platform as it pushes to expand in the region.

The Mountain View, California-based company has also established a Tokyo office, following the opening of its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore in May.

Arvin Rajand, head of LinkedIn’s Asia operations, says Japan is a key market for the company because of the “incredibly talented and technologically sophisticated Japanese work force.”

LinkedIn says it has about 120 million members worldwide, with 20 million in the Asia-Pacific. Rajand says the region offers “tremendous opportunities for growth.”

The service is now available in 10 languages. Rajand says more languages are on the way.