Jul 18, 2014

Softbank picks Google's Arora to head Internet business unit

SoftBank Corp., the wireless carrier led by billionaire Masayoshi Son, has hired Google Inc.’s Nikesh Arora to help steer its global expansion. Arora will join as vice chairman in October after nearly a decade at Google, including time as the search company’s chief business ...

Robots can solve labor woes: Son

Jul 15, 2014

Robots can solve labor woes: Son

by Kazuaki Nagata

Employing all-purpose robots endowed with artificial intelligence as a workforce in the manufacturing industry is the solution to staving off any impending labor shortage in Japan, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son said Tuesday. “Technology can even solve the labor population problem,” Son said during an ...

Son commits to Wi-Fi spots for foreign visitors

Jun 20, 2014

Son commits to Wi-Fi spots for foreign visitors

by Kazuaki Nagata

SoftBank Corp. CEO Masayoshi Son said Friday the company will offer free Wi-Fi to foreign tourists in Japan. Son was replying to a question from an individual investor during SoftBank’s annual shareholders’ meeting on whether it will provide free wireless Internet access to international ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

Rakuten defends charges

Oct 22, 2013

Rakuten defends charges

The multimillionaire boss of Web mall operator Rakuten is defending its pay model of charging merchants, ignoring a move by archrival Yahoo Japan to eliminate fees. Rakuten Chairman and CEO Hiroshi Mikitani has ruled out following suit on the plan announced by Yahoo Japan’s ...

Softbank's Son on buying spree

Oct 16, 2013

Softbank's Son on buying spree

A day after Softbank Corp. said it was buying a majority stake in Finnish game maker Supercell, the company’s billionaire chairman and CEO, Masayoshi Son, is at it again.