26 May '11, 6am

Son Pledges $100 Million for Japan Solar Projects

As a long-time computer industry observer, I'm well-acquainted with Masayoshi Son . Son is worth $8.1 billion but reportedly lost up to $70 billion in the dot-com crash of 2000. I first met him in the 1980s, when he was distributing Microsoft software and other American-made software products into his country . Later he bought Comdex, the giant computer industry trade show, but he also owned magazines and a hefty stake in Yahoo. (Right now the best-known solar installation in Japan is this solar ark, built by Sanyo as part of a corporate-owned museum. Picture from Sanyo.com.) Son survived the dot-bomb in part by getting into telecommunications. He now has the third-largest mobile phone provider in Japan, and was a leader in bringing broadband to the country. He thinks big, he acts big, and his every success is a slap in the face to Japan's old hierarchies, because while he...

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