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3 Hot Startups to Look Out for in 2016

Each April, when Tokyo is bathed in the soft pink and white of the cherry blossoms, heads of state, tech titans, media moguls, and of course, startups, gather a...
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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...
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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...
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No Address Required: Rakubin Delivery

You’re sitting in the middle of your favorite park in Tokyo under a vast canopy of cherry blossoms. The seasonal petals are a beautiful, mesmerizing sight that ...
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Celebrating Makers at SXSW with The Grommet

Timing is everything. At The Grommet we understand this quite well. It took far longer than our stress levels would’ve liked for our mission of leveling the pla...
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Focus on Digital Entrepreneurs

The introduction of digital technologies and creation of a digital sphere is not only a major change for business but also something that will facilitate ever f...
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Go Global But Stay True To Your Roots

Eighty percent of new engineers joining Rakuten are now non-Japanese. This is a number I am very proud of. Wherever I go in the world, people ask me why this is...
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Harnessing innovation for social change

When technology leaders get together, they can create a powerful force for change. But translating good intentions into real results can be challenging. How can...