Mar 5, 2014

Son will host D.C. wireless event

SoftBank Corp. Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son will host a presentation March 11 in Washington to discuss “the state of America’s wireless communications industry and the competitive global landscape.” Son is reportedly mulling whether to bid for mobile carrier T-Mobile US Inc. after acquiring ...

Line stake said good for SoftBank

Feb 26, 2014

Line stake said good for SoftBank

SoftBank Corp. would attract younger consumers and help boost usage by acquiring a stake in instant messaging service Line Corp., an analyst at Bank of America Corp.’s Merrill Lynch unit said. Average revenue per mobile user has declined at wireless phone carriers as consumers ...

Feb 25, 2014

SoftBank reportedly has sights on Line

SoftBank Corp. is seeking to buy a stake in Line Corp., the mobile-messaging service controlled by South Korea’s Naver Corp., sources said. Line has received at least one other offer for all or some of the company, prompting it to slow preparations for an ...

SoftBank group sees net profit spike 58.1%

Feb 12, 2014

SoftBank group sees net profit spike 58.1%

SoftBank Corp. said Wednesday its group net profit for the April-December period rose 58.1 percent from a year earlier to ¥488.23 billion, supported by solid sales of Apple iPhones and increased subscriptions. The mobile phone carrier’s consolidated operating profit rose 46.3 percent to ¥924.23 ...

SoftBank to Dentsu, firms start to court gays

Jan 24, 2014

SoftBank to Dentsu, firms start to court gays

by Anna Mukai

With less than a 0.1 percent share of Japan’s car market, Alfa Romeo knew it couldn’t match the marketing muscle of the local giants like Toyota Motor Corp., which together make nine out of every 10 vehicles sold in the country. So Tiziana Alamprese, ...

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 ...