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Giles Turner
For Giles Turner's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 26, 2019
SoftBank eyeing burgers and digital pharmacy for second Vision Fund
SoftBank Group Corp. is teeing up investments for the successor to its gargantuan Vision Fund. It's in talks to back a pharmaceutical delivery startup, a company focused on robotic burger-making and a maker of lab-grown meat, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 30, 2019
SoftBank plans to name former Sprint boss to help fix WeWork
SoftBank Group Corp. is tapping Marcelo Claure to help turn around WeWork after ousting co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Adam Neumann from the corner office last week.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 17, 2019
SoftBank's biggest backers rethink role in next Vision Fund after bet on WeWork sours
The biggest backers of SoftBank Group Corp.'s gargantuan Vision Fund are reconsidering how much to commit to its next investment vehicle as an oversized bet on flexible workspace provider WeWork sours.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 4, 2019
SoftBank said to be considering IPO for $100 billion Vision Fund
If pursued, an IPO would give investors in the fund a way to cash out part or all of their stakes.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 1, 2018
Uber plots expansion in Japan and Singapore amid talk of retreat from Asia
If Uber Technologies Inc. is planning a retreat from Asia, no one told Brooks Entwistle, head of the ride-hailing company's business in the region.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Mar 2, 2017
SoftBank Robotics plans app store for humanoid Pepper robot
The team behind Pepper, the humanoid robot from SoftBank Robotics, are planning a platform for the machine where developers create applications for everyday use, such as guarding your home or vacuuming the floor.

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