Takashi Amano

For Takashi Amano's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Aug 28, 2014

NTT Docomo seeks to lure users with new content amid iPhone push

NTT Docomo Inc., Japan’s largest mobile-phone carrier by subscribers, plans to move further into the content business to differentiate itself from rivals that offer similar pricing plans and phone models. The wireless operator offers videos, including episodes of the Gundam anime series about giant ...

Square Enix seeks China game partners beyond Tencent, Shanda

Jul 1, 2014

Square Enix seeks China game partners beyond Tencent, Shanda

Square Enix Holdings Co., maker of the “Final Fantasy” and “Dragon Quest” video game series, is seeking partners in China to win sales in Asia’s biggest economy. The shares rose the most since February. The game maker aims to boost sales from Asia outside ...

SoftBank unveils Android-like OS for robots

Jun 18, 2014

SoftBank unveils Android-like OS for robots

Billionaire Masayoshi Son wants to create Android for robots. A unit of Son’s SoftBank Corp. has unveiled an operating system that purports to offer a way to control robots just as Google Inc.’s software runs smartphones and tablets. The platform, called V- Sido OS, ...

Nintendo to target emerging markets in '15

May 8, 2014

Nintendo to target emerging markets in '15

Nintendo, which has been struggling to win over consumers with its latest generation of game consoles, plans to expand in emerging markets with new devices starting next year. The Kyoto-based company will develop completely new game machines for emerging markets rather than sell cheaper ...

Nintendo chief under fire over Wii washout

Jan 21, 2014

Nintendo chief under fire over Wii washout

Nintendo Co. President Satoru Iwata, who tripled revenue by introducing hits like the Wii console, is coming under fire from investors and analysts after the company’s latest game machine flopped. Though Iwata had vowed to deliver ¥100 billion in operating profit this fiscal year, ...

Smaller is getting bigger in the satellite business

Jan 17, 2014

Smaller is getting bigger in the satellite business

As emerging space pioneers in China and India race to the moon and Mars, private-sector startups are quietly launching satellites the size of microwave ovens that aim to satisfy much more terrestrial desires. Axelspace Corp. in November launched a micro-satellite from Yasny, Russia, that ...

Nintendo seen missing target as Sony, Microsoft dwarf Wii U

Dec 4, 2013

Nintendo seen missing target as Sony, Microsoft dwarf Wii U

Nintendo Co.’s prospects for meeting its profit and sales forecasts for the year are diminishing after Sony Corp. and Microsoft Corp. each sold more game consoles in 24 hours than the Wii U maker did in nine months. Nintendo’s family-focused content is losing its ...

Shift to mobile services to up ad growth: Yahoo Japan

Jun 21, 2013

Shift to mobile services to up ad growth: Yahoo Japan

Yahoo Japan Corp. expects economic growth and a consumer shift to mobile services to spur revenue gains as it targets advertising growth of at least 10 percent. “We expect to continue the growth pace a while,” Chief Financial Officer Toshiki Ohya said Tuesday in ...