Takashi Amano

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

Robots at work: SoftBank plans to take Pepper to stores, offices

Jul 1, 2015

Robots at work: SoftBank plans to take Pepper to stores, offices

SoftBank Group is promising new services for its Pepper robot that will appeal to business users and help bring the humanoid to storefronts and reception areas. The company is developing a customer support package and a service that allows businesses to manage a fleet ...

'Puzzle & Dragons' maker plans expansion into game publishing

Jun 11, 2015

'Puzzle & Dragons' maker plans expansion into game publishing

GungHo Online Entertainment Inc. plans to strike partnerships with third-party game developers and share its recipe for success as the maker of the world’s highest-grossing smartphone title begins to expand into publishing. President Kazuki Morishita said the company has hit on the right formula ...

Line CEO bets on selfies and macho stamps to expand overseas

Apr 10, 2015

Line CEO bets on selfies and macho stamps to expand overseas

To go global, Line Corp. is getting local. Japan’s most popular instant-messaging platform, a unit of Naver Corp., is customizing its software for markets across continents. In Brazil, Line’s androgynous Moon character sports bulging muscles to appeal to local sensibilities, according to CEO Takeshi ...

Nintendo heads for a happy Christmas with Wii U revival

Dec 8, 2014

Nintendo heads for a happy Christmas with Wii U revival

Nintendo Co. looks like it is finally going to be able to celebrate this Christmas. The video game maker lost ¥23.2 billion last year but is making a surprising comeback with hit game titles like “Super Smash Bros.” and a new line of interactive ...

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, ...