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.

May 1, 2014

Softbank plans to reload with ¥300 billion bond sale

Softbank Corp., the wireless carrier run by billionaire Masayoshi Son, will raise ¥300 billion ($2.9 billion) in a fresh bond issue to repay past debt, boost liquidity and make investments. Softbank will offer five-year notes to individual investors, it said in a filing Thursday ...

Apr 30, 2014

SoftBank mulls wind power plant investment off Ibaraki

SoftBank Corp. is considering investing in an offshore wind power plant project, further expanding its renewable energy business, sources said Wednesday. A SoftBank subsidiary, SB Energy Corp., is in talks to acquire a minority share of Wind Power Energy, the developer of a 90-megawatt ...

Mar 27, 2014

Yahoo Japan to acquire eAccess for ¥324 billion

Yahoo Japan said Thursday it would buy almost all of domestic telecom company eAccess from its parent, Softbank Corp., in a deal valued at around ¥324 billion ($3.2 billion). The unit of mobile phone and Internet services giant Softbank said the deal was aimed ...