innovation

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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 ...
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Golfers, your new caddie could be a drone

The next time you hear “Fore!” on the golf course, you might see something other than a golf ball flying through the air. It could be a drone delivering hamburg...
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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...
Hiroshi Mikitani, chairman and chief executive officer of Rakuten Inc. speaks during a press conference announcing the earning results for Q4 of fiscal year 2013 on February 14, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. *** Local Caption *** Hiroshi Mikitani

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...