Softbank is a multinational Japanese telecommunication and internet corporation. It has operations in broadband, fixed-line telecommunications, e-commerce, Internet, technology services and others.
SOFTBANK Corp. was established in 1981 and it commenced its operations as a distributor of packaged software. In 1994, it established Softbank Holdings Inc. in the U.S. to gather information regarding Internet-related companies with a view to strategic investment. In 1996, it had relocated corporate headquarters to Chuo-ku, Tokyo. It has partnerships with various foreign companies such as Yahoo!, E-Trade, Ustream.tv, EF Education First and Morningstar.