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Softbank Aims to Be Japan’s Biggest Wind Producer With New Plant

Sept. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Softbank Corp., Japan’s third-biggest mobile phone company, plans to build a wind farm in the nation’s north that could make it the country’s largest producer of wind power.

Softbank has plans for a 500-turbine facility that would produce as much as 1 gigawatt of power at a site on the island of Hokkaido, Kenichi Yuasa, a spokesman for the Tokyo-based company, said today in an e-mail.

The company is discussing the plan with local officials and measuring how much output is needed by the surrounding population, Yuasa said.

Eurus Energy Holdings Corp., controlled by Nagoya-based Toyota Tsusho Corp, is currently Japan’s biggest wind producer with 698 megawatts of wind and solar power capacity in Japan and other Asian countries.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jacob Adelman in Tokyo at jadelman1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Alexander Kwiatkowski at akwiatkowsk2@bloomberg.net

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