The reality is that SoftBank has been all-in on the U.S. for years.
In addition to its majority ownership of wireless carrier Sprint, SoftBank is a fixture in Silicon Valley. Last year, the company led a $1 billion investment in online lender SoFi, calling it a "game changer in the fintech space." In October, SoftBank spearheaded a $130 million financing in Zymergen, a start-up that's combining automation and biology.
According to CB Insights, SoftBank has participated in 13 private company deals since the beginning of 2014, totaling $2 billion. Way back in 1996, SoftBank partnered with Yahoo to form Yahoo Japan.
Son, who founded SoftBank in 1981, visited Trump on Tuesday for a meeting with the incoming president. Trump sent out two tweets immediately following the meeting saying that Masa — as he's known — had committed to investing $50 billion in the U.S.