Mickey's Voice

Insights from our CEO

AI work

Work in the age of AI

I recently heard some interesting news about perfect pitch. People used to think that only small children were able to acquire perfect pitch through training. B...
Mickey Mikitani is excited about e-commerce in Japan.

Why I’m excited about e-commerce in Japan

Japan’s e-commerce scene is lively, dynamic and enjoying double-digit growth. While Rakuten continues to enjoy the largest market share among major players with...
The FC Barcelona Rakuten partnership will officially begin in 2017.

Why we’re partnering with FC Barcelona

Rakuten has finalized an agreement to become the Main Global Partner of the world-famous Spanish soccer team FC Barcelona (a.k.a. Barca). The partnership kicks ...
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...

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...