Online services Yahoo Japan and Line Corp. have announced they are merging. The combination in a joint venture through a tender offer will form an online giant with retail services, advertising and other mobile services such as messaging. Their combined sales would be the largest among Japanese online business operators, surpassing Rakuten Inc., according to Kyodo news service.                                               Source: apnews.com                                                                                                                     By YURI KAGEYAMA                                                                                                               18 November 2019