Apple puts two new iPhones on sale in Japan

Sep 25, 2015

Apple puts two new iPhones on sale in Japan

Apple Inc.’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus smartphones went on sale in Japan on Friday, pitting the country’s three major mobile phone carriers against each other in a fierce competition to win new subscribers. The new models feature 3-D Touch technology that recognizes ...

Drunken Kanagawa man arrested after kicking SoftBank robot

Sep 7, 2015

Drunken Kanagawa man arrested after kicking SoftBank robot

A drunken 60-year-old man was arrested for allegedly kicking a Pepper robot in a fit of rage at a SoftBank Corp. store, police said. According to the Kanagawa Prefectural Police, Kiichi Ishikawa from Yokosuka entered the local SoftBank branch Sunday morning and kicked a ...

Aug 19, 2015

SoftBank beefs up Sprint stake with second purchase this month

SoftBank Group increased its stake in Sprint Corp. a second time this month, acquiring ¥7.51 billion($73 million) of stock in the unprofitable U.S. wireless operator. The Japanese carrier paid for 16.8 million shares, according to Bloomberg calculations based on a SoftBank filing with the ...

SoftBank increases stake in Sprint with ¥10.86 billion investment

Aug 13, 2015

SoftBank increases stake in Sprint with ¥10.86 billion investment

SoftBank Group Corp. said Thursday it has invested another ¥10.86 billion ($87 million) in Sprint Corp., underscoring billionaire founder Masayoshi Son’s commitment to turning around the money-losing U.S. wireless carrier. The Japanese telecommunications and Internet business group bought 22.9 million Sprint shares at an ...

Showroom offers taste of what living with a robot will be like

Jul 24, 2015

Showroom offers taste of what living with a robot will be like

What will it be like living with a humanoid robot that can read human emotions and exchange conversations with them? SoftBank Group Corp. began displaying its popular Pepper robots at a house-viewing event in Osaka on Friday to give visitors a taste of such ...

Jul 24, 2015

Long history of money-losers for Japan Inc.

Here we go again? Nikkei Inc.’s purchase of Pearson’s FT Group raises once more the question of whether Japanese companies pay too much for overseas acquisitions. Since the 1990s, Japanese acquirers have purchased a series of assets — from the Pebble Beach golf course ...