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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…

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.

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.

Hopeful Signs: Renewable Energy from Geothermal and Solar Power

In the wake of 3/11, people are looking increasingly to renewables to provide their electricity. While solar power had been popular even before the disaster, geothermal energy has not reached even a small fraction of its potential. We examine the reasons for this development gap.

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