Englishnization

Englishnization has changed the way Rakutenians work

Englishnization: A personal journey

There was a moment, shortly after starting his new job at Rakuten, when Teppei Kobayashi found himself wondering what he’d got himself into. Just days after he ...
Rakuten believes in the importance of continuous learning

Teaching is timeless

Too often we assume teaching begins and ends in the classroom. But teaching is a job we all must embrace, even after we enter the business world. Great leaders ...
Mickey speaks at the Forbes Japan CEO of The Year event, where he was recognized because Rakuten was the highest-ranking Japanese company in the Forbes Most Innovative Companies of 2016 list.

Rakuten, the global innovator

In August, we were proud to be named as one of Forbes magazine’s Most Innovative Companies of 2016. This year we improved our rank from 19th to 17th and, as wit...
The secret to mid-career success

The secret to mid-career success

Advice to the young is plentiful. What about advice for those in mid-career? October marks the start of the second half of the financial year in Japan, and just...
Englishnization helping with cross-cultural communication

Japan’s new business language

In March 2010, I stood before several thousand mostly native Japanese speakers and addressed them in English. From now on, I told them, Rakuten would conduct al...