SoftBank Group Corp, Yahoo Japan Corp and Aeon Co Ltd plan to launch an online retail business, national broadcaster NHK reported on Friday.

The online business will sell products including food, clothes and everyday goods, NHK said citing unnamed sources, in what would be the latest tie-up between companies in Japan looking to bolster their online offerings as they face stiffer competition from Amazon.

Representatives of the three companies were not immediately available to comment.

The tie-up would allow the companies to share SoftBank and Yahoo Japan’s customer base and data analysis abilities with Aeon’s wide product range and distribution network, NHK said.
Japan Today

HINTS
S SoftBank Group Corp, Yahoo Japan Corp and Aeon Co Ltd
V [plan] 計画します
OV [to launch] 開始すること
O an online retail business, オンライン小売ビジネス

S The online business オンラインビジネス
V [will sell] 売ります
O products 製品
どんな→
[including] food, clothes and everyday goods, 含む 食品、衣服と日用品

どんな→
[in what]

V [would be] だろう
O the latest tie-up
どんな→
[between] companies
どんな→
V looking 注目している
OV [to bolster]
O their online offerings 彼らの オンライン 製品


[as]
S they 彼ら
V [face] 向かう
O stiffer competition 競争
どんな→
[from] Amazon. アマゾンから

S Representatives [of] the three companies
V [were not] できない
immediately available すぐに 可能な状態
どんな→
O [to] comment. コメントすること

S The tie-up 契約は
V [would allow] 許すだろう
O the companies 会社
C [to share] 共有する
SoftBank and Yahoo Japan’s customer base and data analysis abilities 顧客データベースとデータ分析能力

[with] Aeon’s wide product range and distribution network, イオンの多製品種類と流通ネットワーク と一緒に