Despite a prolonged recession in Japan and a language barrier, Wipro Ltd., a major Indian software services firm, is moving aggressively to take a bigger bite of the market here.

Wipro Chairman Azim Premji said Wipro, which entered Japan in 1995, plans to set up a midsize development center in or near Tokyo by the end of this year to upgrade its software services for customers here.

"We are investing now more in the (Japanese) market in terms of technical people and business development people," said Premji, who recently visited Japan to meet corporate customers here. "We expect significant growth in this current year."