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 ...

Son seeks U.S. price war, T-Mobile

Mar 11, 2014

Son seeks U.S. price war, T-Mobile

Masayoshi Son, the Japanese owner of U.S. mobile carrier Sprint, said Monday he wants to launch a “price war” with the two major carriers as he seeks to acquire T-Mobile’s U.S. unit. Son, the tycoon whose SoftBank company holds a controlling stake in Sprint, ...

Mar 7, 2014

Docomo's earnings may be derailed by price wars

NTT Docomo Inc., the nation’s largest wireless operator, said a price war with other carriers and discounts on the latest iPhones may threaten its full-year forecast after adding the Apple Inc. devices to lure customers. Curbing subsidies on mobile phones will give competitors an ...

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 ...