Jul 18, 2014

Softbank picks Google's Arora to head Internet business unit

SoftBank Corp., the wireless carrier led by billionaire Masayoshi Son, has hired Google Inc.’s Nikesh Arora to help steer its global expansion. Arora will join as vice chairman in October after nearly a decade at Google, including time as the search company’s chief business ...

Ymobile touts simplicity, low fees in smartphone war

Jul 17, 2014

Ymobile touts simplicity, low fees in smartphone war

by Kazuaki Nagata

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

by Kazuaki Nagata

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 ...

Son commits to Wi-Fi spots for foreign visitors

Jun 20, 2014

Son commits to Wi-Fi spots for foreign visitors

by Kazuaki Nagata

SoftBank Corp. CEO Masayoshi Son said Friday the company will offer free Wi-Fi to foreign tourists in Japan. Son was replying to a question from an individual investor during SoftBank’s annual shareholders’ meeting on whether it will provide free wireless Internet access to international ...

SoftBank unveils Android-like OS for robots

Jun 18, 2014

SoftBank unveils Android-like OS for robots

by Marco Lui and Takashi Amano

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, ...

Son's bid for T-Mobile faces huge antitrust hurdle

Jun 6, 2014

Son's bid for T-Mobile faces huge antitrust hurdle

Masayoshi Son, head of SoftBank Corp. and Sprint Corp., won’t be able to ride the regulatory coattails of pending U.S. telecommunications deals if he decides to buy T-Mobile US Inc. Regulators are preparing to vet proposed acquisitions worth more than $45 billion each from ...

SoftBank unveils 'historic' robot

Jun 5, 2014

SoftBank unveils 'historic' robot

by Kazuaki Nagata

SoftBank Corp. unveiled on Thursday what it says is the world’s first humanoid robot that can communicate and read people’s emotions, and said it will go on sale to the general public next year. CEO Masayoshi Son told a news conference in Urayasu, Chiba ...