innovation

Our tech predictions for 2017

Tech predictions for 2017

Last month, Rakuten brought together some of the world’s most innovative thinkers for our 10th annual Rakuten Technology Conference in Tokyo. Now, as 2016 winds...
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...
Rakathon Builds Synergy at Rakuten Crimson House West

Rakathons and beyond! Steps to innovation

From every corner of the business world we hear it: Innovate or die! Innovation is the driving force of business today. No longer is it sufficient to provide...
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...