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Visiting Japan? How to Stay Connected and Informed if a Disaster Strikes

While Japan was closed to tourism for approximately two years due to the global spread of COVID-19, in June 2022 it reopened its doors to guided tours in limited numbers. In September 2022, Japan began to further relax entry restrictions i…

The State of Cashless Around the World: A Deep Dive

Earlier this year, the editors of PayPay Inside-Out and SoftBank News teamed up to learn more about the state of cashless payments around the world by checking with PayPay employees, who hail from more than 40 countries and regions. As the…

10 Ways to Maximize Your Smartphone’s Battery Life

Battery life is vital when using a smartphone. Sometimes it’s essential to conserve battery power, especially when you forget to charge up your smartphone or bring a portable charge on the go. Persistent heat can also drain battery life an…

HELLO CYCLING Bike-sharing Platform Gathers Speed as a Transportation Alternative

An extensive and efficient network of trains and buses often comes to mind when Japan’s transportation infrastructure is mentioned. To avoid crowded trains and get to locations between stations and bus stops, however, bike-sharing is gaini…

SoftBank Corp. Launches App to Make Life Easier for Foreign Workers New to Japan

Japan is facing considerable demographic challenges—including a low birthrate and an aging population—that are causing labor shortages and posing a threat to economic growth. Against this backdrop, in 2019 the Japanese government created a…

SoftBank Corp. and Cameo Partner to Connect Fans with Their Favorite Pop Culture Icons from Japan

On February 16, 2022, SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) and Cameo, a US-based leading marketplace connecting the world's talent directly with their biggest fans, announced a commercial partnership that will expand Cameo's global network to Japa…

The State of Cashless Around the World: a PayPay Inside-Out and SoftBank News Collaboration

When talking about the group companies of SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434), one would be remiss not to mention PayPay Corporation. Jointly formed by SoftBank Corp. and Yahoo Japan in 2018, in collaboration with India’s largest digital payment …

Exclusive to SoftBank Corp. Among Carriers in Japan, BALMUDA Unveils its First Smartphone

BALMUDA Inc. is a fast-growing Japan-based company that offers stylish home appliances designed to offer not only convenience, but also, in the words of BALMUDA CEO and Chief Designer Gen Terao, “thrilling and wonderful experiences.” Produ…

SoftBank Corp. and PayPay Collaborate with SEVEN-ELEVEN JAPAN to Boost Cashless Payments and Official App Usage

One the major strengths of SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) is its unparalleled number of customer touchpoints. This customer foundation spans SoftBank’s mobile and broadband subscribers (55 million), and the users of platforms provided by gro…

How Do Mobile Networks in Japan Compare to Others Around the World? Opensignal’s Report Offers Insights

On October 2, 2020, UK-based mobile analytics firm Opensignal announced its Global Mobile Network Experiences Awards 2020, and in its report SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) was ranked the global no. 1 carrier for Voice App Experience and no. …

How to Stay Informed and Connected in Japan in the Event of a Disaster

Japan has seen typhoons of increasing intensity in recent years. Typhoon Hagibis and Typhoon Faxai caused especially widespread damage, flooding and outages in the Kanto region and other parts of Japan in the fall of 2019. Japan is also pr…

Mobile Payment Service Provider PayPay Holds Press Conference to Unveil Giveaway Campaign

PayPay Corporation, a joint venture established by SoftBank Corp. and Yahoo Japan Corporation, held a press conference on November 22, 2018 to announce a new campaign for its “PayPay” smartphone payment service that uses QR codes and barco…