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SoftBank’s Son Tells Trump of Plan to Invest $50 Billion in US (News)

New York, Dec. 6 (Jiji Press)—SoftBank Group Corp. Chairman and CEO Son Masayoshi told US President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday that the Japanese Internet and telecommunications giant will invest $50 billion, chiefly in startups, in the United States. "Masa . . . has agreed to invest $50 billion in the U.S. toward businesses and 50,000 new jobs," Trump tweeted after his meeting with Son at th…

Japanese Firms Accelerate Outbound Mergers and Acquisitions

Outbound mergers and acquisitions by Japanese companies are trending at high levels, marking all-time highs in both number and value in 2015. This was followed in 2016 by SoftBank’s acquisition of ARM Holdings, a UK-based chip designer. Faced with stagnant demand in the home market, many Japanese companies are looking to benefit from the growth of foreign economies by accelerating their outbound deals.

Timeline for June 2016

Prime Minister Abe Shinzō postpones the consumption tax hike, Tokyo Governor Masuzoe Yōichi resigns, and campaigning begins for the House of Councillors election. Look back at the main stories of June 2016.

Young Japanese Firms Quick to Adopt International Accounting StandardsYanagawa Noriyuki

Why are leading Japanese IT firms and other young businesses rushing to adopt IFRS accounting rules? The author examines the reasons behind their decision and describes the international tug-of-war over global accounting standards, which are likely to have wide repercussions.

Timeline for October 2014

Three Japan-born researchers win the Nobel Prize in Physics, a Japanese journalist is indicted for defamation in Seoul, and two newly appointed female cabinet ministers resign. An overview of the key news stories for October 2014.

Japan’s Labor Shortages in PerspectiveTsunemi Yōhei

Labor shortages have become a hot topic in the Japanese media. While the nation’s inexorably shrinking working-age population has grabbed most of the headlines, the author believes Japanese business and the government can do far more to expand the labor pool and match job seekers to the available jobs.

Shaking Up Japan’s Mobile Phone MarketIshikawa Tsutsumu

As the iPhone sweeps Japan’s smartphone market, NTT Docomo has shifted the competitive focus to calling plans with its new unlimited-talk arrangement. Meanwhile, pending changes in telecommunications regulations promise either to strengthen the position of the former NTT monopoly or to blow the mobile market wide open. Ishikawa Tsutsumu reports.

Japanese Companies’ Increasing Overseas Investment and Current Account BalanceŌwada Takashi

Softbank and Suntory Holdings are just two of the most prominent Japanese companies that have bought up major foreign corporations recently. What does this growing trend say about the overall condition of the Japanese economy?

SoftBank’s Son Masayoshi Aims to be Number OneIshikawa Tsutsumu

In October 2012, SoftBank’s President Son Masayoshi announced the company’s plan to acquire Sprint Nextel, the number-three wireless carrier in the United States. The deal is an integral piece of Son’s strategy to turn SoftBank into the world’s leading telecommunications corporation. Ishikawa Tsutsumu analyzes this strategy and the challenges ahead.

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