Yahoo! Japan

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Yahoo! JAPAN Corporation
Yahoo Japan logo.png
The wordmark matches the pre-2009 English Yahoo! logo.
Screenshot of home page
Type Public (K.K.)
Traded as TYO: 4689
Founded January 31, 1996 (1996-01-31)
Headquarters Midtown Tower, 9-7-1, Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
No. of locations 2 (Nagoya and Osaka)
Key people Masayoshi Son
Manabu Miyasaka
(President and CEO)
Revenue Increase¥292,423 million (FY 2010)
Operating income Increase¥159,604 million (FY 2010)
Net income Increase¥92,174 million (FY 2010)
Total assets Increase¥471,745 million (FY 2010)
Total equity Increase¥385,105 million (FY 2010)
Owner SoftBank (36.02%)[1]
Yahoo! (35.15%)
Employees 5,518 (As of September 30, 2015)[2]
Subsidiaries Netrust, Ltd.
Alexa rank Steady 15 Worldwide
Steady 1 Japan (November 2015)[3]
Type of site web portal
Registration optional
Available in Japanese
Launched April 1, 1996
Current status active

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 internet company SoftBank. It is headquartered at Midtown Tower in the Tokyo Midtown complex in Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo.[4]


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.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7]


Whale meat controversy

In 2012, the Environmental Investigation Agency revealed that Yahoo! Japan was allowing affiliates to sell whale meat, including that of the endangered fin whale, on their site.[8]


  1. "Status of Shareholders (As of September 30, 2013)". Yahoo! Japan. Retrieved 2014-01-11.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Company Info". Yahoo! Japan. Retrieved 2015-11-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2015-08-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Company Info." Yahoo! Japan. Retrieved on April 30, 2009.
  5. Matsutani, Minoru, "Yahoo Japan: Same name, very different company", Japan Times, 24 April 2012, p. 3.
  6. Alabaster, Jay (2010-09-26). "Yahoo Japan to use Google search technology". Huffington Post. Retrieved 29 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. The Daily Yomiuri Keidanren welcomes new member Yahoo August 1 2012 Retrieved on August 1, 2012
  8. "Yahoo! linked to whale meat sales". Retrieved 7 August 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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