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17 things to look forward to in 2017

For the Rakuten Group, 2017 was destined to be a special year. It marks 20 years since the company’s founding and now we’re about to embark on a partnership wit...
People visit Atago Shrine in Tokyo to offer traditional prayers for the New Year.

Mickey’s 2017 New Year greetings

Happy New Year, everyone! 2017 will be a very important year for all of Rakuten Group because it is the 20th anniversary of our founding. As you know, we sta...
Can AI outsmart humans?

Will AI really outsmart humans?

Computers have beaten humans in chess, Go and, most recently, rock-paper-scissors. Could it be that artificial intelligence (AI) will surpass human intelligence...
Rakuten delivery drone in action

Rakuten drone delivers veggies in Ehime

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a Sora Raku delivery drone – and it’s bringing the groceries! On Oct. 26, Sora Raku and Energia Communications conducted ...
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...