AirAsia to re-enter Japanese market

/ Jul 1, 2014

AirAsia to re-enter Japanese market

Malaysian budget airline AirAsia said Tuesday it is resuming domestic flights in Japan after withdrawing a year ago, aiming for a summer 2015 launch. Rakuten Inc., which runs an online travel site, is buying an 18 percent stake in AirAsia’s Japanese subsidiary, which is ...

/ Jun 13, 2014

Rakuten rakes in ¥30 billion for first bond sale

Rakuten Inc., the e-commerce company led by billionaire Hiroshi Mikitani, issued its first public bonds Friday, selling ¥30 billion of three-year notes. The operator of Japan’s largest Internet mall sold ¥10 billion of 0.377 percent notes at a yield premium of 27 basis points ...

Nov 13, 2013

Rakuten unit sues over curbs on selling drugs over Internet

Kenko.com Inc., a unit of Internet retailer Rakuten Inc., said it has filed a lawsuit against the government to fight restrictions on the online sale of some drugs. The government’s ban is “unconstitutional,” Kenko said in a statement to the Tokyo Stock Exchange on ...

Rakuten defends charges

Oct 22, 2013

Rakuten defends charges

The multimillionaire boss of Web mall operator Rakuten is defending its pay model of charging merchants, ignoring a move by archrival Yahoo Japan to eliminate fees. Rakuten Chairman and CEO Hiroshi Mikitani has ruled out following suit on the plan announced by Yahoo Japan’s ...

Rakuten to buy video streaming provider

/ Sep 3, 2013

Rakuten to buy video streaming provider

Rakuten Inc., controlled by billionaire Hiroshi Mikitani, said it has agreed to buy streaming video service provider Viki Inc. as the Internet retailer seeks to expand into new digital offerings. The companies see opportunities for Viki to boost revenue by selling more advertising against ...