Kazuaki Nagata

For Kazuaki Nagata's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Jul 25, 2014

Docomo takes hit in first quarter but slows loss of customers

NTT Docomo Inc. said Friday that sales and profits dropped in the first quarter compared with the previous year, on slumping voice call revenue and discounts for two-year contracts. The telecom giant posted ¥1.07 trillion in sales, down 3.4 percent, ¥209 billion in operating ...

Jul 22, 2014

Government's tourism efforts ineffective, report says

The government probably can’t take credit for the increase in the number of foreign tourists. Many of its projects to attract visitors, such as inviting foreign travel agencies to Japan, participating in trade shows overseas and various advertising campaigns, are ineffective.

Ymobile touts simplicity, low fees in smartphone war

Jul 17, 2014

Ymobile touts simplicity, low fees in smartphone war

New mobile phone entrant Ymobile Corp. unveiled monthly fixed-price service plans Thursday that include voice calling and Internet access to woo newcomers to smartphones with simpler and cheaper contracts. The SoftBank subsidiary, launched in June in a merger with eAccess, which runs Emobile, and ...

Robots can solve labor woes: Son

Jul 15, 2014

Robots can solve labor woes: Son

Employing all-purpose robots endowed with artificial intelligence as a workforce in the manufacturing industry is the solution to staving off any impending labor shortage in Japan, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son said Tuesday. “Technology can even solve the labor population problem,” Son said during an ...

Budget phones challenge the majors

| Jul 14, 2014

Budget phones challenge the majors

Smartphones may be convenient, but there’s one thing about them that bugs many people: their costly monthly data plans. Seizing this opportunity, noncarrier firms have broken into the market in the past several months with low-cost plans and handsets. Here are some questions and ...

Public asked to help build moving giant Gundam

Jul 11, 2014

Public asked to help build moving giant Gundam

The life-sized Gundam figurine in Tokyo’s Odaiba district is an impressive sight as it towers a full 18 meters above its visitors and has grown into a popular tourist attraction since it was erected in 2009. Built to mark the 30th anniversary of the ...