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    Taiwanese baseball: Just what the doctor ordered?

    With its quick move to close borders and begin contact tracing, Taiwan has been lauded as a clear-cut success case in planet Earth’s fight against COVID-19. The government’s swift response has so far limited cases of the virus to under 500 — with just 6 active cases as of June — a mere fraction of the total population of nearly 24 million. That’s not to say Taiwan’s citizens aren’t taking precauti…

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    Whether you’re working from home or reflecting on what’s next in your career, Marie Kondo's new book “Joy at Work” can help.

    Marie Kondo Introduces Her New Book, ‘Joy at Work’

    Whether you’re working from home or reflecting on what’s next in your career, “Joy at Work” can help. Here’s what the bestselling author has to say about making space for the work that really matters to you. Marie Kondo, bestselling author and founder of KonMari Media, Inc. In “Joy at Work,” my co-author – Rice University business professor, Scott Sonenshein — and I combine the life-changing KonMa…

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    Now available on Rakuten TV, Rakuten Sports and Rakuten Viki, "Andrés Iniesta – The unexpected hero" reveals that this champion is an even bigger hero when he steps off the pitch.

    Iniesta inspires audiences in new original Rakuten TV documentary, Andrés Iniesta – The unexpected hero

    Phenomenon. Special. Legend. Wizard. Magical. These are but a few of the many superlatives bestowed upon FC Barcelona and now Vissel Kobe great Andrés Iniesta by football legends, friends and family members at the start of the new feature-length documentary, Andrés Iniesta – The unexpected hero. The film examines Iniesta’s life, from his humble roots in the small town of Fuentealbilla, Spain to hi…

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    With human fans unable to watch baseball games live-in-stadium, the Taiwan-based Rakuten Monkeys are filling the stands with lifelike robot mannequins.

    Rakuten Monkeys’ robot fans a global sensation

    As the professional sports world scrambles to adjust to widespread restrictions on large social gatherings, one Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) club is making global headlines for its unique efforts to generate an exciting game atmosphere amid empty stadiums. With flesh and blood fans taking in the action from home, the Taiwan-based Rakuten Monkeys are filling the stands with lifelike…

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    “NBA Together,” a global community and social engagement campaign, supports, engages, educates and inspires communities in response to the pandemic.

    How the NBA is keeping fans and communities united

    On March 11, the NBA became the first major sports league in North America to suspend its season in response to the current global pandemic. The league’s decisive action set the precedent for many sports leagues around the world, which soon followed suit with similar suspensions. Despite the lack of action on the court, the league remains as busy as ever educating the public and unifying its exten…

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    Global soccer may be on pause as the world confronts the COVID-19 pandemic, but it hasn’t stopped FC Barcelona from connecting with fans around the globe.

    How FC Barcelona is keeping fans active, engaged and optimistic during the fight against COVID-19

    Global soccer may be on pause as the world confronts the COVID-19 pandemic, but it hasn’t stopped FC Barcelona from connecting with its fans and community around the globe. Here are a few ways Barca is continuing to educate, entertain and spread goodwill throughout the crisis. Camp Nou training at home Keeping fit is a crucial part of the daily regimen for Barca players, but what happens when they…

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    Season 2 of the Underrated Tour Powered by Rakuten got off to a strong start with two days of elite training and pro-level learning experiences in Chicago.

    Season 2 of Stephen Curry’s Underrated Tour Powered by Rakuten tips off in Chicago

    Stephen Curry has a long history of turning doubters into believers. Once considered too small to succeed at basketball’s highest levels, today Curry is a two-time NBA MVP, three-time NBA champion and a household name across the world. Despite his extraordinary success however, Curry hasn’t forgotten what it feels like to be underrated, which is why he teamed up with Rakuten last winter to launch…

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    Vissel Kobe has already snapped up two wins in the opening round of the AFC Champions League tournament, which pits together the top soccer clubs in Asia.

    Kobe Forever Forward: Vissel vies for top spot in Asia at AFC Champions League

    The stage is set for Vissel Kobe to achieve their long-coveted goal of becoming the No.1 soccer club in Asia. After winning the Emperor’s Cup title in historic fashion earlier this year, Vissel Kobe catapulted to the international soccer stage via their first-time entry into the AFC Champions League, the premier club tournament in Asia. Vissel has already snapped up two wins in the opening round o…

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    FC Barcelona fans know it. Vissel Kobe fans know it. Everyone who watched the 2010 FIFA World Cup final knows it: Andrés Iniesta is a hero.

    Andrés Iniesta: The Unexpected Hero, a first-ever official documentary, produced by Rakuten TV

    FC Barcelona fans know it. Vissel Kobe fans know it. Everyone who watched the 2010 FIFA World Cup final knows it: Andrés Iniesta is a hero. Now, for the first time, the spectacular career of the acclaimed midfielder is being celebrated in a feature-length documentary produced by Rakuten TV: Andrés Iniesta: The unexpected hero. Produced by Rakuten TV, Andrés Iniesta: The unexpected hero is the firs…

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