JAPAN: Rakuten announces investment in genetic health testing pioneer Genesis Healthcare Co.

Tokyo, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. (TSE: 4755) today announced it has invested in genetic health testing pioneer Genesis Healthcare Co., receiving a 1.4 billion yen issue of new shares. Rakuten Chairman and CEO Hiroshi “Mickey” Mikitani will join Genesis Healthcare’s Board of Directors as an External Board Director. Genesis Healthcare, founded […]

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Rakuten LIFULL STAY and China’s Tujia to form business collaboration in the vacation rental business

Aiming to expand the vacation rental market in Japan by strengthening services for Chinese tourists Tokyo, 2017-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten Group vacation rental business Rakuten LIFULL STAY, Inc. and a group company of Tujia, operator of one of China’s leading vacation rental online platforms “Tujia,” today (AUGUST 2, 2017) reached an agreement to form […]

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Rakuten and Dentsu partner to offer new marketing solutions

Offering new marketing solutions integrating the data and knowledge of both companies Tokyo, 2017-Jul-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. and Dentsu Inc. today (July 26, 2017) announced that the two companies will establish “Rakuten Data Marketing Co., Ltd.,” a new company that will offer marketing solutions integrating Rakuten Group’s big data and Dentsu […]

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Rakuten and Banpu to collaborate in electricity retail business and environmental values trading

Tokyo, 2017-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. and Banpu Public Company Limited today (JULY 18, 2017) announced that the two companies have reached agreement to form a comprehensive partnership in the fields of the electricity retail business and environmental values trading*1. Under the agreement, Rakuten and Banpu will cooperate on the development of business models […]

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FC Barcelona’s star players Messi, Neymar Jr., Piqué and Turan visit Rakuten in Tokyo to celebrate new partnership

Partnership based in shared values of optimism and empowerment commenced Jul. 1 TOKYO, Japan, 2017-Jul-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten became the Main Global Partner and the first-ever Official Innovation & Entertainment Partner of FC Barcelona, one of the most iconic and beloved football clubs in the world, on July 1. Rakuten, which was […]

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Rakuten Card launches two special FC Barcelona Credit Cards this Autumn 2017

Cards commemorate partnership between Rakuten, Inc. and FC Barcelona  https://www.rakuten-card.co.jp/card/design/fcbarcelona/ TOKYO, Japan, 2017-Jul-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten Card Co., Ltd. today announced that Rakuten Card will issue two special FC Barcelona Credit Cards from fall 2017 to celebrate the partnership between Rakuten, Inc. and FC Barcelona. Rakuten, Inc. became FC Barcelona’s Main Global […]

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Rakuten LIFULL STAY and HomeAway to form a business collaboration in the vacation rental industry

Aiming to expand domestic vacation rental accommodation and increase inbound tourism  Tokyo, 2017-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten LIFULL STAY, Inc., a Rakuten Group company providing vacation rental services, and HomeAway, Inc., an Expedia Group company operating one of the largest vacation rental sites in the world, today (JULY 3, 2017) announced that the two companies […]

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Rakuten unifies its global branding to reflect its strategy of building an ecosystem of diverse services

Rakuten unifies its global branding to reflect its strategy of building an ecosystem of diverse services   Underpins strategy to strengthen Rakuten ecosystem of services and leverage FC Barcelona partnership from July 2017 Tokyo, 2017-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. (TSE: 4755) today (July 1, 2017) announced that it will unify its global […]

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Rakuten and LIFULL enter the vacation rental business in Japan; establishes Rakuten LIFULL STAY, Inc.

Rakuten LIFULL STAY represents innovative step into sharing economy in Japan Tokyo, 2017-Jun-24 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Rakuten, Inc. and LIFULL Co., Ltd. today (June 22, 2017) announced that the two companies will enter the vacation rental business in Japan with the establishment of Rakuten LIFULL STAY, Inc., a subsidiary of RAKUTEN LIFULL STAY […]

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JAPAN: Rakuten Pay smartphone app payment service now available at Lawson stores

From August 2017, Rakuten Pay available at Lawson stores nationwide https://pay.rakuten.co.jp/detail Tokyo, 2017-Jun-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. and Lawson, Inc. today ( June 1, 2017) announced that the two companies have concluded a basic agreement for the introduction of “Rakuten Pay,” Rakuten’s smartphone app payment service, to Lawson stores. Based on the agreement, […]

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Rakuten becomes the Official EC Platform Partner for the Japan Professional Football League

Rakuten to redesign J.League Online Store and provide support for EC site operations Tokyo, 2017-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. (TSE: 4755) today (April 24, 2017) announced it has reached an agreement with the Japan Professional Football League (J.League) to be the Official EC Platform Partner for the J.League. Based on the agreement, Rakuten […]

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Rakuten launches comprehensive English learning service

Offering foreign language learning software Lingvist and English learning app, Maname to users in Japan TOKYO, Japan, 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. announced the official launch of “Rakuten Super English,” a comprehensive English learning service utilizing technology to provide a practical English learning and a new style of studying. The launch of […]

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Rakuten and Telefarm connect consumers with producers of pesticide-free, pesticide-reduced produce

Ensuring stable revenue for producers while also supporting the development and independence of new farmers Tokyo, 2017-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. and Telefarm Co., Ltd. today ( April 5, 2017) announced the launch of “Ragri,” an internet-based Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) service that connects consumers with producers of pesticide-free, pesticide-reduced and other agricultural […]

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Rakuten and Japan Post expand partnership in e-commerce logistics to reduce the redelivery of parcels

Tokyo, 2017-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. and Japan Post Co., Ltd. will strengthen their collaboration in e-commerce logistics to reduce the redelivery of parcels by examining various measures to increase the efficiency of deliveries and pick-ups. 1. Background The e-commerce market continues to grow at an accelerated pace with the continued evolution of […]

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Rakuten subsidiaries Kenko.com, Inc. and Soukai Drug Co., Ltd. to merge

Tokyo, 2017-Apr-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. today (March 31, 2017) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiaries Kenko.com, Inc. and Soukai Drug Co., Ltd. will be merged on July 1, 2017. Following this merger, Noriaki Komori will assume on the role of Representative Director & CEO at the new company. Both companies are e-commerce businesses selling daily […]

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ShopChat Launches World’s 1st Shopping Keyboard; Rakuten Funding

ShopChat Launches World’s First Shopping Keyboard & Raises Funding from Rakuten ShopChat attracts 100,000 beta users by combining two of the most popular mobile activities,chatting and shopping, into a new chat commerce platform, an alternative to struggling shopping bots SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., 2017-Mar-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Message commerce startup ShopChat today emerged from […]

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Rakuten and AirMap teams up to provide Unmanned Traffic Management solutions to drone operators and airspace managers in Japan

Rakuten AirMap, Inc. will open the skies for Japan’s growing drone ecosystem Tokyo, Japan, 2017-Mar-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc., a leader in internet services and global innovation headquartered in Japan, and AirMap, the world’s leading airspace management platform for drones, today announced the launch of a joint venture, Rakuten AirMap, Inc. The […]

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Rakuten launches “Rakupa” a parking space sharing service that connects parking spaces owners with drivers looking to park

Tokyo, 2017-Feb-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. today announced the launch of “Rakupa,” a parking space sharing service that provides a platform to connect owners of unused parking spaces with drivers looking to park. With Rakupa, owners of buildings and homes can register their unused parking spaces, which drivers can then search for […]

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Rakuten and Marubeni Power Retail Corporation to enhance their services for low-voltage power users

Tokyo, 2017-Jan-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. and Marubeni Power Retail Corporation today (January 19, 2017) entered a comprehensive business alliance agreement on the promotion of purchases and utilization of electricity and other commodities for low-voltage power. Through the agreement, the areas of the partnership will be expanded into the various services offered […]

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Rakuten enhances services with Rakuten Point Card and Rakuten Edy e-money service now compatible with Android Pay™ service

Tokyo, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc., and Rakuten Edy, Inc. today announced that the Rakuten Point Card shared point card service and Rakuten Edy e-money service have been made compatible with the Android Pay™ service, which will launch in Japan from December 13. Android Pay™ is a digital wallet service provided by Google […]

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JAPAN: Rakuten, ACSL and NTT DOCOMO carried out demonstration experiment of drone-based delivery system utilizing LTE

Tokyo, 2016-Nov-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc., Autonomous Control Systems Laboratory Ltd. (ACSL) and NTT DOCOMO, INC. today (November 22, 2016) announced that the three companies have successfully carried out a demonstration experiment of a drone-based delivery system utilizing LTE in the National Strategic Special Zone of Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture. In the latest […]

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Rakuten becomes main sponsor of FC Barcelona from the 2017-2018 season

Rakuten becomes main sponsor of FC Barcelona from the 2017-2018 season   Rakuten will appear on the front of the team jersey and become the Global Innovation and Entertainment Partner for the next four seasons, starting July 1, 2017 Tokyo, 2016-Nov-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. (TSE: 4755) today (November 16, 2016) announced it […]

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Rakuten opens its online store on 11STREET, one of South Korea’s leading online marketplaces

Tokyo, 2016-Oct-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc., operator of Japan’s largest online shopping mall Rakuten Ichiba, today announced the opening of a Rakuten online flagship store on 11STREET, one of South Korea’s leading online marketplaces. The newly launched store aims to provide South Korean consumers with high quality and popular merchandise from Japan. At […]

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Rakuten announces the launch of beauty-subscription service, RAXY

Tokyo, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. today (October 5, 2016) announced the launch of RAXY, a beauty-subscription service. RAXY will start accepting registration for the service from today. Registered users will receive a box of assorted cosmetics and beauty products, carefully selected by beauty experts based on the season and the latest […]

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Rakuten listed in 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Asia/Pacific Index for the first time

Tokyo, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been selected for the first time as an index component for the 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), as one of the top-ranking companies from the Retailing category for the Asia/Pacific regional index. In recent years, interest in investment based […]

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Rakuten acquires 100% stake in Fablic, inc. provider of consumer-to-consumer marketplace mobile app FRIL

Tokyo, 2016-Sep-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. (TSE: 4755) announced that it has acquired a 100% stake in Fablic, inc., provider of FRIL, a consumer-to-consumer (C2C) marketplace mobile app and has made the company a wholly-owned subsidiary. The acquisition price is undisclosed. The C2C e-commerce market continues to shift toward mobile services that make […]

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Rakuten launches service offering unlimited streaming of music for a fixed rate — “Rakuten Music”

Tokyo, 2016-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. (TSE: 4755) today announced the launch of “Rakuten Music,” a service offering unlimited streaming of music for a fixed rate through an iOS or Android app. Rakuten Music was designed and developed as a “one-stop music service” allowing users to listen to and buy music seamlessly. Registered […]

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Rakuten to include recognition for same-sex partners in its internal corporate policies

Tokyo, 2016-Jul-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. today announced a revision to the definition of “spouse” under its internal employment regulations to include recognition for same-sex partners. The revision was approved at a Board of Directors meeting held on July 22, 2016. Rakuten, which will celebrate 20 years since its founding next year, has […]

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Rakuten announces management appointments

TOKYO, 2016-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. (4755: Tokyo) today announced the following personnel appointment as approved by its Board of Directors. Management Change (Effective July 1, 2016) ■Name: Kenji Hirose ■New Title: CCO, Group Managing Executive Officer ■Previous Title: Director, EU RHO ■Name: Akio Sugihara ■New Title: CPO, Group Executive Vice President ■Previous […]

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Rakuten announces transition to internal company-system based organization

Maximizing customer satisfaction by driving responsiveness to user and partner needs through organizational change Tokyo, 2016-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten today announced completion of the transition to an organization based on an internal company-system, an initiative designed to drive responsiveness to user and partner needs, delivering assured service quality and maximizing customer satisfaction in a […]

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