May 22, 2015

Yahoo Japan names SoftBank's Nikesh Arora as chairman

Yahoo Japan Corp. has announced that Nikesh Arora, vice chairman of its biggest shareholder, SoftBank Corp., will replace Masayoshi Son as chairman, subject to shareholder approval at the company’s annual general meeting in June. Son, who has been chairman since July 1996, will remain ...

Aug 12, 2014

Yahoo Japan to start genome analysis service

Major Internet portal Yahoo Japan Corp. said Monday that it will start a genome analysis service in October. Users will receive the results of analyses showing the degrees of risk they face for lifestyle-related diseases such as diabetes and strokes as well as information ...

Ymobile touts simplicity, low fees in smartphone war

Jul 17, 2014

Ymobile touts simplicity, low fees in smartphone war

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New mobile phone entrant Ymobile Corp. unveiled monthly fixed-price service plans Thursday that include voice calling and Internet access to woo newcomers to smartphones with simpler and cheaper contracts. The SoftBank subsidiary, launched in June in a merger with eAccess, which runs Emobile, and ...

Yahoo launches online death-planning service

Jul 17, 2014

Yahoo launches online death-planning service

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The Internet has made it easier to plan everything from travel and weddings to careers. Now it is helping people prepare for what they may be the most reluctant to face: death. Yahoo Japan Corp. this week launched the service Yahoo Ending (ending.yahoo.co.jp), a ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...