Mickey's Voice

Insights from our CEO

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 ...

Why do we climb mountains?

We have talked a lot at Rakuten recently about mountain climbing, especially since I replaced golf with a climb up Mt. Tanigawa in the Japanese Alps for our ann...
NEST 2017 will host a strong lineup of speakers and events.

Watching Science Fiction Become Science Fact

Discovering more about what the future might hold was what got together global leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators earlier this month at the New Economy Summi...

Questioning the status quo: Japan innovation

In 2010, a group of e-business executives looking to drive meaningful change in Japan formed a professional association. Our original goal was to advocate for i...

Hiroshi Mikitani on Global Expansion

  Hiroshi “Mickey” Mikitani on global expansion and how Viber and Ebates fit into the future of the Rakuten ecosystem. From his appearance onstage i...