Aug 15, 2014

Chip makers skip summer break to meet smartphone demand

While much of Japan relaxes during the Bon summer holiday period, its top semiconductor makers are keeping their factories running to meet fierce demand from China for the technology that runs smartphones. Demand is expected to heat up even more with the launch of ...

Sharp looks to acquire Apple facility for iPhone LCDs

Jul 12, 2014

Sharp looks to acquire Apple facility for iPhone LCDs

Struggling electronics maker Sharp Corp. is in talks to buy specialized equipment from Apple Inc. for producing the liquid crystal displays used in iPhones, industry sources said Saturday. Through the purchase, possibly for ¥30 billion to ¥40 billion, Sharp would equip its Kameyama No. ...

Apple expanding into health and home with interchangeable network

Jun 3, 2014

Apple expanding into health and home with interchangeable network

Apple is expanding into home and health management as the company tries to turn its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers into an interchangeable network of devices that serve as a hub of people’s increasingly digital lives. The new tools for tracking health and controlling ...

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 4, 2014

Apple dials up effort to meld iPhone with cars

Apple is accelerating the race to make smartphone applications easier and safer to use in cars. Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are previewing Apple’s iPhone technology for cars this week at an auto show in Geneva. The partnerships give Apple an early lead over Google’s ...

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 ...

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 ...