Mickey's Voice

Insights from our CEO

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...
father and son playing on sunset beach

Advice that sticks: The wisdom of my father

My father, Ryoichi, passed away in 2013 but his words remain with me today. This summer, the book we co-wrote, “The Power to Compete,” was listed by Bill Gates ...
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles win the Japan Series Championship in 2013

Common sense or just fear of failure?

New ideas die every day because someone alleges they go against "common sense." But what is “common sense,” anyway, and who defines it? I think using this ar...
Workforce diversity at Rakuten.

The diversity dividend

At Rakuten, we consider ourselves marathon runners. We are in our business and our communities for the long haul. That's one of the reasons we think very seriou...
Tech Revolution in Tokyo: Japan highway long exposure and Mountain Fuji in autumn season evening

My plan for a tech revolution in Tokyo

If I could make a big change right now, I’d start right here in Tokyo. It’s a dream of mine to transform this city into the next tech hub. Working with JANE ...
Mickey with the “Tenku” drone

The drone economy

Look! Up in the sky! It’s our future. And it’s spectacular. Drones are a new technology that have a lot of people talking. Android co-founder Andy Rubin was ...