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SoftBank Corp.
Type Public KK (TYO: 9984)
Founded Japan Tokyo, Japan (1981)
Headquarters Japan Tokyo, Japan
Key people Masayoshi Son (孫正義), Founder, President & CEO
Yoshitaka Kitao, Director
Ken Miyauchi, Director
Kazuhiko Kasai, Director
Masahiro Inoue, Director
Ronald Fisher, Director
Jun Murai, Director
Tadashi Yanai, Director
Mitsuo Sano, Full-time Corporate Auditor
Industry Telecommunications
Revenue ¥ 2,776,169 million JPY (FY 2007)
Net income ¥ 108,625 million JPY (FY 2007)
Subsidiaries SoftBank Mobile
Yahoo! Japan (~40%)
SoftBank BB
Website SoftBank English Website

SoftBank Corp. (ソフトバンク株式会社 Sofutobanku Kabushiki-gaisha ?) is a Japanese telecommunications and media corporation, with operations in broadband, fixed-line telecommunications, e-Commerce, Internet, broadmedia, technology services, finance, media and marketing, and other businesses.

SoftBank was established in Tokyo, Japan on September 3, 1981, and had a market capitalisation of approximately US$32.8 billion at 28 February 2006. The SoftBank logo recalls the Meiji period Kaientai.

SoftBank's corporate profile includes various other companies such as Japanese broadband company Cable & Wireless IDC, cable company BB-Serve, and gaming company GungHo Online Entertainment. Additionally, it has various partnerships in Japanese subsidiaries of foreign companies such as Yahoo!, E-Trade and Morningstar. SBI Group is a Japanese financial services company that began in 1999 as a branch of SoftBank.[1]

SoftBank is currently the only official carrier of the iPhone for Japan.[2]


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  • January 28, 2005 - SoftBank becomes the owner of the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, a Nippon Professional Baseball team.
  • March 17, 2006 - SoftBank announces its agreement to buy Vodafone Japan, giving it a stake in Japan's $78 billion mobile market.
  • Early April, 2006 - SoftBank completed the purchase of 23% of Betfair, an Internet betting exchange.
  • October 1, 2006 - Vodafone Japan changes its corporate name, mobile phone brand name, and its mobile phone domain name to SoftBank Mobile, SoftBank, and [] respectively. [3]
  • January 28, 2008 - It was announced that SoftBank and Tiffany & Co. collaborated in making a limited 10 model-only cellphone. This cellphone contains more than 400 platinum diamond, totalling more than 20 karat. The cost is said to be more than 100,000,000 yen.[4]
  • June 4, 2008 - SoftBank Mobile announced partnership with Apple and brought the iPhone (3G) to Japan later in 2008 [5]


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