Mickey's Voice

Mickey's Voice

Hiroshi “Mickey” Mikitani is the founder and CEO of Rakuten. He understood early on that the Internet would revolutionise commerce and set out to build a business that would empower people to pursue and fulfil their business dreams online. In 1997, along with a small team, Mickey launched Rakuten Ichiba and its pioneering marketplace business model in a small Tokyo office. Since then, Rakuten has built one of the world’s most comprehensive service ecosystems and, while lesser-known outside Japan, become a global leader in internet services.

Empowering people and business through the Internet continues to be Mickey’s passion. “Mickey’s Voice” serves as just one window into the world of Rakuten, global business, entrepreneurship and innovation today.

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...
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). Th...
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....
Rakuten believes in the importance of continuous learning

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 w...
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...
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 yea...