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 ...

Jun 5, 2014

Sprint and T-Mobile zero in on $31 billion buyout deal

Sprint Corp. is nearing an agreement on the price, capital structure and termination fee for an acquisition for T-Mobile US Inc. that could value the wireless carrier at almost $40 a share, sources said. Sprint, 80 percent owned by SoftBank, will offer about 50 ...

May 28, 2014

Docomo set to begin selling iPad next month

by Kazuaki Nagata

NTT Docomo Inc. said Wednesday it will start selling Apple’s popular iPad starting in June. Docomo, which has the largest share of subscriptions in the domestic market, is the last major carrier to become an iPad provider in Japan, as KDDI Corp. and SoftBank ...

May 21, 2014

Run on phone devices for fans of exercise

Health-conscious consumers are snapping up smartphone accessories that record data such as their weight, to help with diet and exercise planning. In February, for example, SoftBank Mobile Corp. launched a set of bathroom scales with a data interface. Users stand on it and their ...

Yahoo won't buy EAccess

May 19, 2014

Yahoo won't buy EAccess

Yahoo Japan cancels a controversial plan to acquire eAccess from parent SoftBank after deciding the two can better achieve their goals separately while cooperating in other ways.