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SoftBank's $50 bln U.S. pledge is the easy bit

Spending tens of billions of dollars in the United States should be a cinch for SoftBank. The Japanese group's founder, Masayoshi Son, on Tuesday promised Donald Trump he would invest $50 billion in the country, creating one job for every million dollars spent. The pledge may even help curry favour for the businessman's long-sought merger of his U.S. telecoms business with a rival. Creating 50,000 jobs in the thinly staffed tech industry, though, will be difficult.

Recent Japan News

JGBs mixed as superlong zone droops ahead of 30-year sale

TOKYO, Dec 7 Benchmark Japanese government bonds firmed slightly on Wednesday, though superlong JGBs weakened as investors positioned for the next session's 30-year sale.

IPOs, 12:00pm IST

Nikkei rises on Wall St record; SoftBank soars on US investment plan

TOKYO, Dec 7 Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Wednesday, buoyed by a surge in index-heavyweight SoftBank after it announced a bold investment foray into the United States.

Regulatory News, 11:43am IST

UPDATE 1-Japan's Idemitsu, Showa Shell say not decided on capital tie-up

* Two firms to hold around 20 pct stakes in each other -Nikkei

11:35am IST

Factbox - Club World Cup

Factbox on the Club World Cup, which kicks off in Japan on Thursday:

9:40am IST

Preview: Club World Cup looks ripe for reform

TOKYO Regardless of whether FIFA president Gianni Infantino's plan for a 32-team Club World Cup becomes a reality, this year's tournament in Japan is likely to highlight the need for some sort of change.

9:21am IST