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Google News Showcase now rolling out in Japan

News Showcase cards are meant to be glanceable and will start appearing in Google Discover on mobile, as well as Google News for the web, Android and iOS.

IANS | Tokyo |

Google News Showcase, a $1 billion news licensing programme to support publishers by surfacing card-based content across its platforms is now coming to Japan.

The effort has signed nearly 1,000, up from 800 in July, deals with news publications in India, Germany, Brazil, Canada, France, Japan, the UK, Argentina, Australia, Czechia, Italy, Canada, Austria, and Colombia.

The tech giant said that over 90 percent of the publications “provide local or community news,” reports 9To5Google.

In Japan, Google has signed partnerships with over 40 publishers that include national, regional, and local news organisations.

News Showcase cards are meant to be glanceable and will start appearing in Google Discover on mobile, as well as Google News for the web, Android and iOS.

In the former feed, users will get them from publications they already follow, while users can find the panels in the “For You” and “Newsstand” tabs of News.

These licensing agreements also see Google pay publishers to unlock certain paywalled content to provide a “wide range of news content” for free and encourage paid subscriptions.