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Yahoo! Japan

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Type of site  web portal
Traded as  TYO: 4689
Headquarters  Tokyo, Japan
Available in  Japanese
No. of locations  2 (Nagoya and Osaka)
Yahoo! Japan httpslh4googleusercontentcomXYMJVo52VdcAAA

Founded  April 22, 1996; 20 years ago (1996-04-22)
Owner  SoftBank Group (36.4%) Yahoo! (35.5%)
Key people  Masayoshi Son (Chairman) Manabu Miyasaka (President and CEO)
Stock price  4689 (TYO) JP¥ 518 +6.00 (+1.17%)7 Apr, 3:00 PM GMT+9 - Disclaimer
CEO  Manabu Miyasaka (1 Apr 2012–)
Subsidiaries  ASKUL CORP., GyaO Corporation, Ikyu Corporation

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Yahoo! Japan Corporation (ヤフー株式会社, Yafū Kabushiki-gaisha) is a Japanese internet company formed as a joint venture between the American internet company Yahoo! and the Japanese company SoftBank. It is headquartered at Midtown Tower in the Tokyo Midtown complex in Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo. Yahoo! Japan's web portal is the most visited website in Japan, and its internet services are mostly dominant in the country.



Yahoo! and SoftBank formed Yahoo! Japan in January 1996 to set up the first web portal in Japan. Yahoo! Japan went live on April 1, 1996.

Yahoo! Japan was listed on JASDAQ in November 1997. In January 2000, it became the first stock in Japanese history to trade for more than ¥100 million per share. The company was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in October 2003 and became part of the Nikkei 225 stock market index in 2005.

Yahoo! Japan acquired the naming rights for the Fukuoka Dome in 2005, renaming the dome as the "Fukuoka Yahoo! Japan Dome". The "Yahoo Dome" is the home field for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, a professional baseball team majority owned by SoftBank.

Since 2010, Yahoo! Japan's search engine has been based on Google's search technology. In exchange, Google receives user activity data from Yahoo! Japan's various products.

In 2016, Verizon Communications announced the purchase of Yahoo!'s core internet business. Yahoo! Japan is not affected as it is held as a separate 35% stake, and will therefore stay with Yahoo! and SoftBank. Yahoo! had been declining in popularity and economically since the late 2000s, but the situation has been quite the opposite for Yahoo! Japan, which continues to dominate Japan's internet industry.

Industry body affiliation

Yahoo! Japan was a founding member of Rakuten CEO Hiroshi Mikitani's Japan e-business association in February 2010, but after Rakuten withdrew from the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) in June 2011 and made moves to become the Japan Association of New Economy as a rival to Keidanren, Yahoo! Japan withdrew from the e-business association in March 2012. It joined Keidanren in July 2012.


Yahoo! Japan continues to use the classic website layout and logo that was used by Yahoo! internationally before modern redesigns in 2009 and 2013 respectively.


GyaO is a Japanese video on demand service by Yahoo! Japan.


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  • Subsidiaries

  • Official website
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  • GYAO Corporation (GyaO)
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  • References

    Yahoo! Japan Wikipedia