The SoftBank Group is engaged in various businesses including the distribution business of IT-related products and services, Fukuoka SoftBank HAWKS related business and various Internet related businesses.
The followings are some of the main companies which operate such businesses.
The Commerce and Service Division of SoftBank BB Corp. carries on SoftBank's original business, which has spanned the past 30 years. The Division has one of Japan's largest operations for the distribution and sales of a wide range of IT-related products, from hardware to software. It differentiates itself from competitors by swiftly addressing a range of needs, through solutions combining mobile internet services with software applications, through SaaS and virtualization services,*1 and through SoftBank SELECTION, which provides a broad range of mobile phone accessory and software products.
SoftBank established the Fukuoka SoftBank HAWKS professional baseball team in January 2005 with the aim of triggering a revolution in professional baseball, and creating a more entertaining baseball experience in Japan and around the world. The team won the Pacific League in 2010, and the Japan Series Championship in 2011, both for the first time since their transfer to SoftBank ownership. As we continue to develop as a complete entertainment supplier business we aim to develop a range of related businesses around the operation of Fukuoka SoftBank HAWKS, and its baseball team.
Alibaba.com Japan Co., Ltd. a joint venture between SoftBank and Alibaba Group Holding Limited in China operate Alibaba World Passport, a support system for Japanese exporters, Alibaba China Passport, a specialized service for export to China, and Alibaba China Import Site, which enables users in Japan to procure Chinese goods.
ITmedia delivers several thousand specialized articles per month on a variety of topics, via platforms such as PC and mobile phone websites, smartphone applications and mail magazines. The website is distinguished by the high quality, rich volume, and timeliness of its specialized content, which is written by expert journalists and covers a range of areas such as IT, electronics and consumer product news. As it taps into the continuing flow of technological evolution, ITmedia aims to continue growing as an innovative media outlet while expanding its scope into new areas.
Carview was one of the first to foresee the potential of the new and used-car trade-in market, and in 1999 launched a total new and used car information portal site, Carview.co.jp.
Tradecarview.com, a vehicle export support site established in 2006, which connects domestic and international companies and customers, has lead the company to pursue expansion in international markets. Together with its popular SNS site Minkara, the company aims to leverage its unique and rich content and vast network to become a top global automotive media site.
SoftBank Technology is utilizing the experience and expertise it has cultivated to date, along with its knowledge of e-business, to provide e-commerce production and consulting, web-based marketing and mobile applications for corporate use, and to develop service platforms. SoftBank Technology also provides customers with comprehensive cloud services as a service integrator.
Vector operates Japan's largest software download site, through which it conducts an online game business for mobile phones and PCs, a software download business and an advertising sales business.