Podolski arrives with promise to boost Japan game

/ Jul 6, 2017

Podolski arrives with promise to boost Japan game

German World Cup winner Lukas Podolski on Thursday vowed to bolster enthusiasm for Japanese soccerl after arriving to join Vissel Kobe, bucking a trend of big-name players moving to cash-rich China. "I know the J. League is the strongest in Asia and I am determined ...

/ 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 more ...

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 Tuesday. ...

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 its ...