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commercials[edit]

Something should be said about the talking dog. Chris (クリス • フィッチ) (talk) 05:42, 1 December 2008 (UTC)
Yeah, that was literally the only reason I came to this page. I asked the clerk at the softbank counter the other day what kind of dog it is, and she said Hokkaido, but I don't think that's right... 203.139.196.109 (talk) 23:39, 1 February 2009 (UTC)

The dog character is called Otousan. He is played by Kai, a Hokkaido (Ainu-ken). I will add a section. - Slugfilm (talk) 05:57, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

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Merge proposal[edit]

I am proposing the merger of SoftBank Corp. into SoftBank Group Corp.. The reason for this is because the information of the SoftBank Corp. article (which is a telecom subsidiary of the Group Corp.) can easily be put into the Group article. To easily understand my points I will refer to SoftBank Corp. as is, and SoftBank Group Corp. as simply Group.

  • In this case, both articles are notably shorter in size than normal for a multinational corporation article on Wikipedia.
  • There isn't too much info to differentiate the two entities as different articles, also hence how the articles are somewhat short.
  • A Google search of 'SoftBank' will show up the SoftBank Corp. wiki article on the first page, but not the Group article.
  • Their recent high-profile purchase of ARM is also written on the Timeline section on SoftBank Corp., which shouldn't be so because this is the telecom subsidiary - it's the Group that bought ARM. This shows the confusion that exists between the two, and may be linked to the fact that the SoftBank Corp. article is listed on a Google search, which makes many people believe that is the one company called SoftBank, when it's instead a subsidiary.
  • SoftBank redirects to SoftBank Corp., when it actually should redirect to the main company article, i.e. SoftBank Group. This is another demonstration of confusion between the two.
  • Almost all other language Wikipedias already have just one SoftBank Group article, like I am proposing now for English Wikipedia.

Give your views on the proposal here. Thank you.

--G&CP (talk) 14:28, 6 August 2016 (UTC)

merge it. Maybe name the merged article Softbank Group (without Corp.)--Fauzty (talk) 22:59, 9 August 2016 (UTC)
I totally agree with naming it SoftBank Group without the Corp. --G&CP (talk) 13:02, 11 August 2016 (UTC)
Little input but I believe there's enough justification to go ahead with the merge. --G&CP (talk) 17:31, 19 August 2016 (UTC)

Proposed merge with SoftBank Capital[edit]

merge to parent firm DGG ( talk ) 13:48, 4 November 2016 (UTC)

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Vodafone[edit]

The Vodafone section is confusing: it goes on for a few paragraphs without any clear connection to SoftBank and then closes with a 2006 hypothesis of a deal with SoftBank. Removing the section entirely would not be bad. Nemo 13:58, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

Article Lacks Coherence[edit]

This article seems somewhat incoherent and doesn't make sense in some places.

After the intro, the first section heading is History/Founding and early years - yet the section says nothing about the founding of Softbank and starts in the year 1995. But Softbank was founded in 1981! What happened in the intervening years? Yahoo! Japan was cop-founded by Softbank in 1996, and was one of Softbank's most successful investments, yet it is not mentioned in the article. Why not? [[1]]

Just below that, it states "On 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" - what does 10-model only, mean? A limited edition of 10 phones, rather than 10 models? I don't know. What is "platinum diamond"? And is this really important enough to put in here?

Then there's Alibaba, which was possibly Softbank's best ever investment. What does the article have to say about this? Nothing, apart from selling the stake. So how was it acquired, for how much and what profit was made? https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-02/softbank-s-proceeds-from-alibaba-stake-to-reach-8-9-billion

In short, the history section needs to weed out minor stuff, put in major stuff which is almost 100% missing, and flesh out the period between 1981 and 1995.

There was a good article in The Economist about Softbank not long ago - maybe that could be mined for some useful facts?

Marchino61 (talk) 06:07, 12 May 2017 (UTC)