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For Emi Urabe's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Aug 1, 2013

Son reshaping Softbank seen in $20 billion loan

Softbank Corp.’s cost of refinancing debt from its purchase of Sprint Corp. will be less than half of what it paid seven years ago to acquire the Vodafone unit that launched its mobile phone operations. Now Japan’s third-largest mobile carrier, Softbank expects to pay ...

Miniskirts hit Mount Fuji as 'yama girls' take on trekking

Nov 9, 2010

Miniskirts hit Mount Fuji as 'yama girls' take on trekking

Forget the ice ax and ¥50,000 climbing boots. The “mode du jour” for today’s mountain hikers is the miniskirt and leggings. The North Face, maker of the Gore-Tex waterproof jacket, and Alpine Tour Service Co. are targeting “yama girls,” or mountain girls, the nickname ...