Jan 16, 2014

SoftBank ties up with cloud-based service for business

SoftBank Corp. has tied up with a service for corporate clients that allows workers to access their company’s email and presentations via the cloud before destroying the online sessions. SoftBank, which paid $21.6 billion for control of Sprint in July, is rolling out the ...

Japanese makers play catch-up in smartphone market

Dec 11, 2013

Japanese makers play catch-up in smartphone market

by Kazuaki Nagata

In 2013, Japan’s smartphone industry faced the shocking news that NEC Corp. and Panasonic Corp. were withdrawing from making those handsets for consumers. It wasn’t that long ago when these two makers held stable positions in the cellphone market, but the situation changed completely ...

Of smartphones sold in October, 76% were Apple

Nov 29, 2013

Of smartphones sold in October, 76% were Apple

Apple Inc. sold three of every four smartphones in Japan in October after the largest carrier, NTT Docomo Inc., began carrying the iPhone, according to a market researcher. Apple, which released new iPhone 5S and 5C models in September, won 76 percent of Japanese ...

SoftBank taps lucrative game market

Nov 5, 2013

SoftBank taps lucrative game market

Supercell Oy started the year trying to break into the Japanese smartphone game market. By October, it had struck a deal with the nation’s second-richest man that valued the maker of “Clash of Clans” at $3 billion. The Finnish game-maker is seeking a bigger ...

Softbank, GungHo snap up Finnish firm

Oct 16, 2013

Softbank, GungHo snap up Finnish firm

Two Japanese companies have acquired control of the Finnish game company Supercell, creator of “Clash of Clans,” the Helsinki-based firm said Tuesday amid hopes of creating a global Nintendo-style brand. Softbank Corp. and GungHo Online Entertainment Inc. spent $1.5 billion to buy 51 percent ...

Softbank's Son on buying spree

Oct 16, 2013

Softbank's Son on buying spree

A day after Softbank Corp. said it was buying a majority stake in Finnish game maker Supercell, the company’s billionaire chairman and CEO, Masayoshi Son, is at it again.

Son says quality of network 'is critical'

Sep 30, 2013

Son says quality of network 'is critical'

by Kazuaki Nagata

Softbank Corp. President Masayoshi Son said Monday that providing a quality communications network will be even more critical now that all three major carriers are selling the iPhone. “The scene of the cellphone industry is changing,” Son said during an event unveiling Softbank’s winter-spring ...