Drone services starting to take off in Japan

Jun 13, 2016

Drone services starting to take off in Japan

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Domestic companies are coming up with a series of new services that leverage the latest in drone technology. MicroAd Inc., a Tokyo-based online advertising company, has unveiled a service called Sky Magic to produce sound-and-light extravaganzas. Drones illuminated with LED lights can project logos, ...

Rakuten to trial drone delivery on Chiba golf course

Apr 26, 2016

Rakuten to trial drone delivery on Chiba golf course

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Online shopping giant Rakuten Inc. is venturing into the uncharted territory of drone delivery, enabling golfers to order snacks, beverages and golf equipment while playing a round. Rakuten on Monday announced the nation’s first drone delivery service, a monthlong experiment from May 9 at ...

Nov 20, 2015

Amazon unit offers one-hour delivery within eight Tokyo wards

Amazon Japan K.K. said Thursday it has started a service to deliver goods within an hour in central Tokyo. The service area initially comprises eight wards, including Setagaya, and will be expanded in steps, the Internet-based retailer said. The service is for Amazon Prime ...

Aug 21, 2015

Rakuten launches 20-minute delivery service in Tokyo

Rakuten Inc. launched a delivery service on Thursday that allows customers to receive ordered goods in as little as 20 minutes in parts of Tokyo, the online shopping mall operator said. The 24-hour service, available in Shibuya, Meguro, Setagaya and Minato wards, covers some ...

Mar 26, 2015

Rakuten to buy Japan unit of U.S. currency trader FXCM

FXCM Inc., a major U.S. provider of online foreign exchange trading services announced Wednesday that it has agreed to sell its Japanese unit, FXCM Japan Securities Co., to Rakuten Securities Inc. for $62 million. The transaction is expected to close on Wednesday. It comes ...