Tech & Innovation

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    Rakuten Mobile leveraged its 5G Standalone mobile network to host an immersive experience of the virtual reality play “Typeman."

    Rakuten Mobile’s 5G Standalone Mobile Network powers new VR theater

    On December 13, 2022, Rakuten Mobile leveraged its 5G Standalone (5G SA) mobile network to host an immersive, hands-on experience of the virtual reality (VR) play “Typeman” through the Rakuten Mobile Partner Program. CinemaLeap Inc. and WOWOW Inc. co-produced the theatrical experience to give participants a taste of the future potential of 5G-powered entertainment. Participants take part in the VR…

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    In November 2022, Rakuten unveiled Rakuten Drone Gateway, a new platform aimed at drone operators and businesses looking to leverage drone services.

    Pilots assemble! Rakuten Drone Gateway launches in Japan

    Japan’s drone economy is finally taking off! In November 2022, Rakuten unveiled Rakuten Drone Gateway, a new platform aimed at drone operators and businesses looking to leverage drone services. In addition to job matching, the platform looks to be a one-stop shop for everything one might need to get flying. The launch came at a similar time as the recent changes to Japan’s drone regula…

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    “Tech & Green: The future is in motion” was the theme of the recent Rakuten Optimism conference, with sessions welcoming leaders from various industries.

    Energy, data centers and an opportunity for rebirth: Japan’s green leaders share their Optimism

    Rakuten Group Chairman and CEO Mickey Mikitani shares the company’s goal to achieve carbon neutrality in 2023 on stage at Rakuten Optimism 2022. Tech & Green: The future is in motion was the theme of the recent Rakuten Optimism conference, which welcomed leaders and luminaries from a wide range of industries and areas of expertise to share visions of a brighter future. The conference featured…

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    Real and virtual race cars shared the Fuji Speedway race circuit and Rakuten Mobile Ebisu Store, utilizing 4G and 5G mmWave provided by Rakuten Mobile.

    E-racer takes on real-life race car using 4G and 5G from Rakuten Mobile

    Real-time synchronous communication powered by Rakuten Mobile enables real and virtual racing at Japan’s Fuji Speedway race circuit and the Rakuten Mobile Ebisu Store. Real and virtual race cars shared the Fuji Speedway race circuit and Rakuten Mobile Ebisu Store in Japan in a successful demonstration utilizing 4G and 5G mmWave provided by Rakuten Mobile. On October 23, 2022, a special race was he…

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    On November 19, the Rakuten Technology Conference was held at Rakuten's Tokyo headquarters for high-level tech discourse on the theme of Tech & Green.

    The Rakuten Technology Conference is back! Connectivity, AI, green and more…

    On a mild Saturday morning in November, Rakuten opened up its Tokyo headquarters for the 14th iteration of the Rakuten Technology Conference, inviting enthusiasts, partners and families into the office to take part in broad-ranging tech discourse on the theme of Tech & Green. The event ran three simultaneous tracks for a total of 21 different sessions over the course of the day, also streamed…

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    Rakuten Medical’s Alluminox™ platform, an investigational photoimmunotherapy technology that uses light to help kill targeted cells, is raising hopes for cancer treatment.

    Doctors in India eager for a new weapon in the fight against cancer

    Despite progress in the prevention and treatment of cancer in recent decades, the disease remains one of the biggest killers of all, ranking sixth in the World Health Organization’s top 10 causes of death. But Rakuten Medical’s Alluminox™ platform, an investigational* photoimmunotherapy technology that uses light to help kill targeted cells, is raising hopes for cancer treatment, particularly in h…

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    Faced with the growing threat of cyber-attacks and other cybercrime, Rakuten is working to accelerate cybersecurity talent development.

    Developing Tomorrow’s Cyber Security Professionals

    Faced with the growing threat of cyber-attacks and other cybercrime, businesses and organizations around the world are scrambling to accelerate cybersecurity talent development. Forecasts indicate that the digital transformation market will increase 22.1% by 2028*¹. At the same time, the global cybersecurity workforce shortage is estimated to be at 2.72 million people today*². That leaves industri…

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    After a three-year break, Rakuten Technology Conference is back! Hear from global leaders about their vision for the future of tech at Rakuten's Tokyo HQ.

    Rakuten Technology Conference 2022: Tech & Green

    After a three-year break, it’s back! On November 19, 2022, engineers, researchers and tech enthusiasts from around the world will gather at Rakuten Group’s Tokyo headquarters for the Rakuten Technology Conference 2022, one of the biggest events on the Rakuten Tech calendar. This year marks the 14th edition of the event, and under the theme of “Tech & Green,” the conference will feature t…

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    Key takeaways from a Rakuten Optimism 2022 panel discussion on the future of mobile networks with leaders from Rakuten Symphony and German operator 1&1.

    Realizing Near Real-Time Connectivity

    Rakuten Symphony is helping 1&1 build the world’s most responsive mobile network In telecoms, network speed has long been king. But that’s changing. Now the industry is focused on another factor: latency. Instead of asking how fast is your network, customers increasingly want to know: How responsive is your network? That reflects growing demand for real-time apps and services that respond near…

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