May 26 - Japanese mobile phone company Softbank offers help to build large solar power plants across the country, saying it is willing to commit hundreds of millions of dollars to boost a lagging renewable energy sector. Toshi Maeda reports.
Shares of Japan's Softbank rose more than 3% Thursday after the Telecom giant said it was turning its site on renewable energy. Softbank says it will help build about a dozen solar power plants across the country. And it too willing to invest hundreds of millions of dollars and Japan's lagging renewable energy sector. The -- is being led by the company's billionaire president Masayoshi time. Who has become a prominent advocate of alternative energy ever since the march 11 earthquake. The charismatic aren't the -- built the Yahoo! Japan into the country's biggest broadband provider. While south bank is also a major distributor of Apple's iPad and iPhone in Japan. -- -- says he's already cooperating with governors from nineteen Japanese prefectures to push for the solar power drive. South bank's entry into the alternative energy business comes at a time when solar power pioneers like shop and Joe's -- Have lost their lead to overseas rivals. South bank could also get a boost from the Japanese government. Prime minister announced a con pledged Wednesday to increase renewable energy to at least 20% of Japan's electricity supply in the 2020. Conn told them all we CD meeting in Paris that -- -- aim to cut solar power generation costs to 13 of the current level by 2020. And -- solar panels on ten million routes across the country by 2030. To a -- mind Reuters Tokyo.