Yahoo! Japan to Shutdown its Operations in Europe and UK

Yahoo! Japan has recently announced to shutdown its operations in European Economic Area and the United Kingdom. All of its services will be inaccessible for people residing in European Union and UK after 6th April 2022, except three of these listed below.

  • Yahoo! Mail
  • ebook Japan
  • Yahoo! Card

Some of Yahoo! Mail features would also be limited.

Paid members of Yahoo! Japan services have been advised to either cancel their subscription before April 6, 2022 or to not extend their contract after due date.

About Yahoo! Japan

Yahoo! Japan should not be confused with Yahoo! that is based in the USA. Yahoo! US is a separate entity owned by Apollo Global Management. While Yahoo! Japan is a subsidiary of Z Holdings Corporation.

Z Holdings started as joint venture between South Korean tech giant Naver and the SoftBank Group, after merger of messaging app Line Corporation and Yahoo! Japan. Naver and SoftBank group owns 50% stake each in A holdings and A holdings owns majority stake in Z Holdings.

Z Holdings ownership structure

The reason of shut down is said to be the data policy of EU, such as GDPR. As Yahoo! Japan offers most of its services in Japanese language. The users-base of its services in European Union and UK is not huge enough to cover the cost of abiding European Data Protection Law.

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