Tech & Innovation

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    Rakuten takes on Japan's digital divide issue, as Japan looks to leverage the power modern technology without leaving anyone behind.

    Rakuten Senior takes on Japan’s Digital Divide

    Japan has one of the world’s grayest populations – nearly 30% of Japan is over the age of 65. Meanwhile, Japan is also proactively pursuing a path of digital transformation. The government hopes that a healthy embrace of future-facing tech such as cashless payments, online government services and digital education might help prevent the country’s economy from falling behind. Together,…

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    Rakuten has joined forces with Panasonic Holdings Corporation and Japanese grocery chain Seiyu to offer UGV-powered deliveries in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki.

    Rakuten, Panasonic Holdings Corporation and Seiyu join forces for UGV grocery deliveries

    In late May, Rakuten joined forces with Panasonic Holdings Corporation and nationwide Japanese grocery chain Seiyu to offer UGV-powered deliveries to nearly 1,000 households in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture. The UGV (unmanned ground vehicle) conveys grocery orders from Seiyu’s Tsukuba Takezono Store placed by residents through a dedicated smartphone website developed by Rakuten — with deliverie…

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    On June 1, 2022, the economic organization Japan Association of New Economy (JANE) celebrated a decade of transforming Japan with a special anniversary event.

    JANE celebrates 10 years of transforming Japan

    On June 1, 2022, Japan Association of New Economy (JANE) celebrated 10 years of transforming Japan. The economic organization, which is supported by Rakuten and enjoys a diverse membership including world-renowned Japanese companies and promising startups alike, creates and champions proposals to the Japanese government for regulatory reform in new industries, including the implementation of infor…

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    Rakuten members in Germany, France and the UK can now earn up to 30% cashback on online shopping trips at more than 700 global retail partners.

    Rakuten Europe makes shopping in the UK, Spain and Germany more entertaining with cashback rewards

    When Rakuten started its journey in Europe more than a decade ago with the acquisition of the French marketplace now known as Rakuten France, few could have foreseen the diverse network of services that make up Rakuten Europe today. With the opening of new offices in London, Paris and Düsseldorf to lead Rakuten Symphony’s expansion into the EMEA market, Rakuten added another element to its presenc…

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    Rakuten Kobo expands ebook offerings to Southeast Asia

    For more than a decade Rakuten Kobo has been dedicated to its mission to make reading lives better for all; empowering booklovers around the world read anytime, anywhere and on any device. Part of their success as a global tech company has always been tied to the way the company creates engaging, localized experiences for booklovers across 25+ countries and regions. Beginning with North America, E…

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    How Rakuten Mobile’s network performance stacks up against other major city networks around the globe

    In a couple of jam-packed years, Rakuten Mobile has emerged as a standard bearer for the Open RAN ecosystem globally. A pioneer in the adoption of cloud-native, fully virtualized mobile architecture built on open standards, the Japan-based operator is synonymous with next-gen networks. Even as recognition has spread of the benefits of its industry-first approach, from cost efficiency to flexibilit…

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    Rakuten Mobile CEO Tareq Amin looks back on Rakuten Mobile's growth since its full commercial launch two years ago, and looks ahead on the company's future.

    On Rakuten Mobile technology and the future: Two years on from full commercial launch

    Tareq Amin, Chief Executive Officer, Rakuten Mobile As Rakuten Mobile celebrates two years since full scale commercial launch, I would like to look back over the incredible technical achievements of our team over the past two years and how we have laid the ground for our future direction. “At Rakuten, 5G is not an afterthought but a part of the way we have designed our architecture from day…

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    Harvard University physicist Mikhail Lukin spoke at the 2022 Rakuten New Year Seminar about the promise of quantum computing.

    Qubit questions: Understanding quantum computing

    New technologies are often surrounded by promise. That’s certainly true of quantum computers, the next-generation computing tools that are expected to grow to an $8.6 billion USD market by 2027. Scientists believe they could help design lifesaving drug compounds, better investment strategies and faster AI systems. But what exactly are quantum computers, and what can they do? “We are now very much…

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    Rakuten Mobile and Nokia announced that the two companies have successfully demonstrated the first live 1 Tb/s per channel transmission.

    Rakuten Mobile and Nokia achieve 1Tb/s transmission in live network trial

    Rakuten Mobile and Nokia announced that the two companies have demonstrated the first live 1 Tb/s per channel transmission over Rakuten Mobile’s commercial Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexer (DWDM) network, a speed increase of 500% on Rakuten Mobile’s existing network running at 200 Gb/s. The trial took place over two days in January 2022 and connected data centers located 135 km apart in Japan…

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