Mickey's Voice

Insights from our CEO

in order to take your thinking to the next level—to really understand what needs to happen to make your idea successful—you must take action.

Action is the best research

Are you thinking about doing something innovative? If so, stop that. Stop thinking, and act. It is tempting to greet an idea with a call to “think thi...
On Mother’s Day we thank our mothers for all they did for us – and I also thank my mother for the things she and my father did not do...

Happy Mother’s Day from a Problem Child

When I was a young boy, perhaps first grade, I came up with the perfect plan to win a race at school. At least I thought so. Here’s how I explained it to ...
Business-Do, is a detailed look at my guiding principles, offering specific instructions, stories, and techniques to help anyone realize dreams and achieve lasting success.

Business-Do: A Blueprint for Success

Business-Do by Hiroshi "Mickey" Mikitani is available now in eBook and from March 7 in hardcover. How can you realize your dreams? It takes more than passio...
Shoppers have embraced the internet but they have not abandoned the process of visiting physical retail stores.

Why brick-and-mortar stores are here to stay

Physical retail has a bright future. This may sound counterintuitive – especially coming from a company like Rakuten, which was founded as an e-commerce mark...