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SoftBank Corp.’s 36th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders: Evolving into a Provider of Next-generation Infrastructure

SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) held its 36th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM) on June 23, 2022, at Tokyo Portcity Takeshiba. President & CEO Junichi Miyakawa chaired the meeting, which was attended by approximately 50 shareholder…

SoftBank Corp.’s External Directors Discuss Board Effectiveness and Succession at Small Investor Meeting

How can conflicts of interest between SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) and its parent company SoftBank Group Corp. be managed and prevented? What do external directors consider when faced with a decision on succession planning? What is exactly…

SoftBank Corp. FY2021 Earnings Summary: Continued Growth Forecasted After Record Sales and Profits

On May 11, 2022, SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) President & CEO Junichi Miyakawa presented earnings results for the fiscal year that ended on March 31, 2022 (FY2021). At the press conference held in Tokyo, Miyakawa also gave forecasts for th…

SoftBank Corp. and Konica Minolta Team Up to Digitally Transform Japan with AI-powered Imaging Analytics

In recent years Japan has been coming to grips with various challenges, such as a shrinking workforce and an increase in natural disasters driven by climate change. Digitalization and digital transformation (DX) are garnering attention as …

SoftBank Corp. Raising Funds Through a Social Loan to Expand 5G Network and Promote a Digital Society

As part of its 5th Science and Technology Basic Plan, in 2016 the Government of Japan proposed an aspirational vision, called Society 5.0, that it defined as "a human-centered society that balances economic advancement with the resolution …

How SoftBank Corp. is Making its Network Disaster-resilient

Eleven years ago on March 11, 2022, the Great East Japan Earthquake struck the Tohoku region of Japan. In the aftermath of this tragic event, many valuable lessons were learned, including how mobile phones are a lifeline that people use to…

Bridging the Digital Divide from the Sky: SoftBank Corp.’s NTN Network Solutions

NTN, short for “Non-Terrestrial Networks,” is a term that refers to communication networks that use objects in the sky or space, such as High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS)-based networks in the stratosphere or satellite-based networks. …

On This Day: SoftBank 4G Launched

Ten years ago today, on February 24, 2012, SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) launched “SoftBank 4G” services in Japan. After the first generation of mobile phones was introduced the 1980s, a new mobile communication standard has been introduced…

Merging Data to Create Added Value: Interview with SoftBank Corp.’s CTO

At SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434), ongoing technology research is key to advancing new business areas related to AI, robotics, as well as the core telecommunications business. To learn more about this and SoftBank’s vision for future technol…

Q3 FY2021 SoftBank Corp. Earnings Summary: On Track to Achieve Full-year Targets with Best-ever Sales and Profits

On February 3, 2022, SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) President & CEO Junichi Miyakawa presented earnings results for the nine months ended December 31, 2021 (Q1-Q3) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021 (FY2021). Continued progress toward …

On This Day: Yahoo Japan Corporation Established

Launched in 1996, “Yahoo! JAPAN” was Japan’s first commercial Internet search engine 26 years ago, on January 31, Yahoo Japan Corporation was established. Formed as a 60:40 joint venture between the current SoftBank Group Corp.—the parent …

Solving Local Problems with Digital Solutions: “Setouchi Tech LAB” Opens in Hiroshima Prefecture’s Fukuyama City

On December 1, 2021, SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) opened its “Setouchi Tech LAB” in Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture. The facility was established as a base to promote digital transformations (DX) in the city and surrounding region. Fuk…

One Year After SoftBank Corp.’s HQ Relocation: What’s the Purpose of Coming to the Office?

Approximately a year has passed since SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) completed its relocation to its new headquarters in Tokyo Portcity Takeshiba, a state-of-the-art smart building. Over that time, the way SoftBank employees work has greatly…

Bridging the Digital Divide: SoftBank Corp.’s First Sustainability Bond to Raise Funds for HAPS Business

SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) announced in November 2021 that it is planning to issue its first-ever Sustainability Bond before the end of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2022. Expected to be worth approximately 30 billion yen (about 250 m…

Why was Junichi Miyakawa Chosen to be SoftBank Corp.’s CEO? External Director Atsushi Horiba Explains

How is a CEO selected at a major company? What does the board take into consideration for succession planning? While the reasons may not always be apparent in many cases, SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) External Director Atsushi Horiba, spoke…

Three Years Ago: SoftBank Corp. Lists on the Tokyo Stock Exchange

On December 19, 2018, SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) debuted on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. At a press conference following the listing ceremony, Ken Miyauchi, President & CEO at the time and now Chairman, spoke enthusiast…

SoftBank Corp. Wins Nikkei SDGs Management Award for Social Value

On November 24, 2021, Nikkei Inc., a major business publisher in Japan, held its third annual Nikkei SDGs Management Awards ceremony to recognize leading companies that contribute to the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Devel…

On This Day: Railway Telecommunication is Established

35 years ago today, Railway Telecommunication CO., Ltd. was established. Why is this fixed-line telecommunication provider significant to SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434)? Railway Telecommunication merged with JAPAN TELECOM CO., LTD. in 1989, …

Q2 FY2021 SoftBank Corp. Earnings Summary: On Track to Achieve Full-year Targets

On November 4, 2021, SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) held its earnings results briefing for the second quarter (Q2) of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021 (FY2021). President & CEO Junichi Miyakawa noted that consolidated revenue increased …

On This Day: World’s First Mobile Phone with a Fully-integrated Camera Launched in Japan

21 years ago today, one mobile phone changed the course of history.On November 1, 2000, the Japan-based J-PHONE Group—an antecedent of SoftBank Corp.’s (TOKYO: 9434) mobile business—launched the J-SH04, a mobile phone with the world’s firs…

SoftBank Corp. Unveils Program to Help Students Develop AI Literacy and Skills

While AI is becoming indispensable to many aspects of modern life, employers are struggling to find people with the necessary AI skills. Japan is not alone in facing this conundrum. Although the number of AI software system developers in t…

SoftBank Wins Two CEATEC AWARD 2021 Category Awards for its Non-Terrestrial Network Solutions and Smart City Platform

SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) won two CEATEC AWARD 2021 Category Awards on October 18, 2021, the day before the full launch of CEATEC ONLINE 2021. CEATEC is one of the largest international exhibitions of IT technology and electronics in As…

SoftBank World 2021 Keynote: SoftBank’s DX Initiatives Aim to Get Japan Competing Internationally Again

A recent survey conducted by a group company of SoftBank Corp. found that more than 80 percent of respondents in Japan working in over 25 industries did not know the meaning of DX, and only 23 percent of companies queried said they were en…

New Video Shows Actions SoftBank Corp. is Taking to Achieve the SDGs

September 17 to 26, 2021 is Global Goals Week, an annual week of action, awareness, and accountability for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434), achieving the SDGs is a top management p…

More Than a Telecom Carrier: SoftBank Corp.’s New Brand Movie Shows its Bold Vision for the Future

Since assuming the post of President & CEO of in April 2021, Junichi Miyakawa has been communicating his vision to transform SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) from a telecommunications carrier into to digital transformation (DX) company. To eff…

Making 5G Fast and Comfortable: SoftBank Corp. Devises Measures to Counter the ‘Packet Loss’ Phenomenon

Since it launched commercial 5G services in March 27, 2020, SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) has made significant progress in rolling out 5G smartphones and services. As of writing, SoftBank now has over 10 million subscribers signed up to 5G …

SoftBank Corp. to Build and Operate Hub for Start-ups and Innovation in Aichi Prefecture

On September 7, 2021, SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) and Japan’s Aichi Prefecture held a press conference in Tokyo to introduce their new facility that promises to nurture a world-leading start-up ecosystem and center of innovation. The Pref…

SoftBank's Executive Briefing Center: A Brand New Approach to Marketing Technology

To market more of its products, services and technologies, SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) has taken a leaf out of literature. It has adapted the writer’s Golden Rule of Show, Don’t Tell and come up with the counter-intuitive Show, Don’t Sell.

Q1 FY2021 Earnings Summary: SoftBank Corp. Makes Good Progress Toward Achieving Full-year Targets

On August 4, 2021, SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) held its earnings results briefing for the first quarter (Q1) of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021 (FY2021). President & CEO Junichi Miyakawa noted that both consolidated revenue and oper…

SoftBank Corp.’s 35th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders: Aiming to be the Corporate Group Needed Most by People Around the World

SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) held its 35th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM) on June 22, 2021, and Junichi Miyakawa, who assumed the post of President & CEO in April this year, chaired the meeting for the first time. As with the…

SoftBank R&D: Understanding and Creating New Technologies to Lay the Foundation for Future Businesses

Constantly taking up new challenges and continuing to evolve are key to SoftBank’s DNA. Going beyond the boundaries of a telecommunications carrier, SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) is committed to pioneering transformative services, and resea…

SoftBank Corp. Announces Plan to Reduce Carbon Emissions to Zero by 2030

Under the United Nations Climate Change Convention to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs), the Japanese government has set bold targets to tackle climate change. The government’s targets include pledges to reduce GHGs by 46% by the year 2030 ve…

FY2020 Earnings Summary: New CEO Junichi Miyakawa Pledges to Focus on Revenue Growth and New Business Creation over Next 10 Years

SoftBank Corp. will brief on its earnings results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021 at 4:00pm on May 11 (JST). Click here for live streaming info. Please check it out!

New CEO Junichi Miyakawa Talks About His Mission to Make SoftBank Corp. the Most-needed Technology Company in Japan

Junichi Miyakawa, SoftBank Corp.’s (TOKYO: 9434) new President & CEO as of April 1, 2021, spoke to SoftBank News to outline future areas of focus and his vision for the company.

SoftBank R&D: Evaluating the Latest Technologies with a View to Commercialization

Constantly taking up new challenges and continuing to evolve are key to SoftBank’s DNA. Going beyond the boundaries of a telecommunications carrier, SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) is committed to pioneering transformative services, and resea…

The New Z Holdings: Two Internet Giants in Asia Unite to Become a World-leading AI Tech Company

Z Holdings Corporation, the owner of Yahoo Japan Corporation, successfully merged with LINE Corporation on March 1, 2021. At a press conference and briefing for investors to mark the integration, the two Co-CEOs, Kentaro Kawabe and Takeshi…

SoftBank R&D: Making an Impact by Commercializing World-class AI Research

Constantly taking up new challenges and continuing to evolve are key to SoftBank’s DNA. Going beyond the boundaries of a telecommunications carrier, SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) is committed to pioneering transformative services, and resea…

SoftBank R&D: Revolutionizing Communication Technologies to Change the World

Constantly taking up new challenges and continuing to evolve are key to SoftBank’s DNA. Going beyond the boundaries of a telecommunications carrier, SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) is committed to pioneering transformative services, and resea…

Inaugural Symposium of the Institute for AI and Beyond: Future Presidents Discuss How AI Can Benefit Society

The Institute for AI and Beyond, a world-class AI research institute established by the University of Tokyo, SoftBank Corp., SoftBank Group Corp. and Yahoo Japan Corporation that has been conducting joint research since July 2020, held its…

SoftBank Corp. Q3 FY2020 Earnings: Future CEO Charts Course to Transform Company Into a “Digital Platformer”

On February 4, 2021, SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) held its earnings results briefing for the nine months ended December 31, 2020 in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021 (Q3 FY2020) at Tokyo Portcity Takeshiba, home of SoftBank’s new headq…

SoftBank Corp.’s New Headquarters Inspires Communication, Collaboration and Innovation

In September 2020, SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) began the process of moving to its new headquarters located in Tokyo Portcity Takeshiba, a next-generation smart building complex, and the transition will be complete by January 2021. SoftBan…

SoftBank Corp.’s LGBTQ Inclusion Initatives Awarded Highest Rating for Fourth Year in a Row

A central tenet of SoftBank Corp.’s (TOKYO: 9434) human resource policy is “creating a strong organization by combining the capabilities of diverse individuals.” With the belief that the promotion of diversity is key to company growth, Sof…

SoftBank HAWKS Win 4th Straight Japan Series Championship and 11th Title in Franchise History

On November 25, the Fukuoka SoftBank HAWKS won the “SMBC NIPPON SERIES 2020,” the championship of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB)’s 2020 season. The victory marked the 4th consecutive title for the HAWKS in Japan’s highest level of base…

Crosstalk: Taking a Business-based Approach to Sustainability

In May 2020, SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) announced it was making the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a top managerial priority. To learn more about how SoftBank’s business activities are contributin…

Q2 FY2020 Earnings Summary: Revenue and Profits Increase as Non-telecom Growth Accelerates

On November 4, 2020, SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) held its earnings results briefing for the six months ended September 30, 2020 in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021 (Q2 FY2020). At the event President & CEO Ken Miyauchi reviewed finan…

SoftBank Demonstrates “Drone Wireless Relay System” for Disaster Recovery and Locating Persons Trapped Under Debris

When typhoons, earthquakes, landslides and other types of natural disasters strike, mobile phones serve as an important lifeline for people to get information and to stay in touch with their family, friends and colleagues. SoftBank Corp. (…

Q1 FY2020 Earnings Summary: Charting a Path to 1 Trillion Yen of Operating Income in FY2022

On August 4, 2020, SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) held its earnings results briefing for the three months ended June 30, 2020 for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021 (Q1 FY2020). At the event President & CEO Ken Miyauchi took the opportuni…

Report on SoftBank Corp.’s 34th AGM: Accelerating “Beyond Carrier” Growth Strategy, Working to Achieve SDGs

SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) held its 34th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM) on June 24, 2020, its second since listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in December 2018. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the meeting was held o…

SoftBank Corp. Places Priority on SDGs to Help Realize “A World Where All Things, Information and Minds are Connected”

Building on its past efforts to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations (UN), SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) announced the promotion of SDGs as a top managerial priority on May 11, …

FY2019 Earnings Summary: Revenue and Income Increase to Record Highs

On May 11, 2020, SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) held its earnings results briefing for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020 (FY2019). On a consolidated basis, revenue was 4,861.2 billion yen (a 4% increase year-on-year), operating income was…