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The exact timing of the roll out of Rakuten Mobile's commercial satellite-to-mobile service is uncertain, but the plans for coverage encompass mountainous and remote areas across Japan.
Feb 16, 2024
Rakuten plans satellite mobile service across Japan in 2026
The service, to be rolled out in partnership with AST SpaceMobile, will be directly accessible by regular smartphones and won’t require a terminal.
Rakuten Group has incurred a net loss for the fifth straight year.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 15, 2024
Rakuten logs second-largest annual net loss
The firm will skip a dividend payment for the first time in 23 years to prioritize its financial stability.
Yuki Matsui said the presence of Yu Darvish was a big factor in his decision to join the Padres.
Jan 10, 2024
Matsui says Darvish was a big factor in Padres choice
At a news conference, Matsui also vowed to help his team beat Shohei Ohtani's Los Angeles Dodgers in the race for the National League West title.
Japanese left-handed reliever Yuki Matsui is nearing a multiyear agreement with the San Diego Padres, MLB.com reported Tuesday, citing a source.
Dec 20, 2023
Reliever Matsui close to agreement with Padres, report says
The 28-year-old has recorded 236 saves with a 2.40 ERA in 10 seasons, all with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Pacific League.
Rakuten Bank executives hold a placard showing the company logo during a ceremony to mark the company's debut on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on April 21.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 6, 2023
Rakuten to raise up to $433 million with further sale of bank unit
The planned sale of 25.5 million shares is equivalent to just under 15% of the online bank, according to LSEG data.
KDDI President Makoto Takahashi (left), SoftBank President Junichi Miyakawa (center) and Rakuten Mobile's Hiroshi Mikitani speak during a news conference in Tokyo on Monday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 5, 2023
Prospect of NTT Law abolishment unclear amid fierce opposition
The idea was first proposed by a ruling Liberal Democratic Party panel to make the communications giant internationally competitive.
Fans watch the Rakuten Eagles' season-opening game against the Lotte Marines on March 25, 2022, at Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi in Sendai.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Dec 1, 2023
Star pitcher Tanaka apologizes for not stopping bullying
In a post on social media site X, the 35-year-old Tanaka said he should done more to exert a positive influence inside the clubhouse.
Masayuki Morii, president of the Pacific League's Rakuten Eagles, speaks at a new conference in Sendai on Thursday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Dec 1, 2023
Eagles to release pitcher Anraku over workplace abuse
Multiple Eagles players said they testified to the team regarding the 27-year-old's abusive behavior toward a number of younger players.
A Rakuten Mobile branch in Tokyo. Rakuten is set for another tough year in 2024, at a time when rivals are on the attack with competitive pricing and reward campaigns.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 29, 2023
Rakuten's mobile misadventure: from ambitious plan to millstone
Founder and CEO Hiroshi Mikitani's vision of a low-cost network using cloud-based software and cheap hardware did not pan out.
People use smartphones on the street in Tokyo in January 2019.
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
Nov 20, 2023
The NTT Law — a guard against monopoly, or barrier to innovation?
Some say the law regulating the telecom giant stops it from competing against the likes of Google, but others say it contains vital market protections.
Rakuten Securities President Yuji Kusunoki
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 17, 2023
Rakuten Securities sees payoff from free trading plan after a year
The firm plans to make up for the decrease in domestic stock trading commission fee revenues by expanding its financial services such as margin trading.
Mizuho Financial Group will raise its stake in Rakuten Securities to nearly 50%.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 9, 2023
Mizuho said to raise Rakuten Securities stake to almost 50%
The banking group plans to increase its investment in Rakuten’s online securities arm, which isn’t proceeding with an initial public offering for now.
Yuki Matsui has recorded 236 saves with a 2.40 ERA in 10 seasons, all with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.
Nov 9, 2023
Eagles closer Yuki Matsui set to test MLB free agent market
The 28-year-old has recorded 236 saves with a 2.40 ERA in 10 seasons, all with the Sendai-based club.
Rakuten Viber CEO Ofir Eyal says the messaging app has found favor with microbusinesses, which can use it for engaging with customers.
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 31, 2023
Rakuten Viber on course to become the Philippines' 'super app'
In Japan, messaging app Viber trails far behind the Line app, but in the Philippines it boasts a user penetration of 71%.
Hiroshi Mikitani, chairman and CEO of Rakuten Group, speaks during a news conference in Tokyo in May.
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 17, 2023
Rakuten rally from record lows clouded by looming bond deadlines
The most pressing task now for Rakuten is to raise funds for a wall of more than $5 billion of bonds due in the next two years.
Toshiaki Imae is one of the candidates to manage the Eagles next season.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Oct 13, 2023
Toshiaki Imae among candidates to become Eagles' next manager
Imae spent the last four seasons of his 18-year career with the Sendai-based Eagles.
The Eagles' Yuki Matsui has 236 career NPB saves.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Oct 12, 2023
Eagles closer Yuki Matsui interested in MLB move
Matsui is apparently open to offers both in Japan and overseas.
Hisanori Yasuda (right) returns to the Lotte bench after his fourth-inning solo home run against Rakuten in Sendai on Tuesday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Oct 11, 2023
Marines clinch playoffs and eliminate Eagles in do-or-die game
Marines skipper Masato Yoshii credited his players for maintaining their focus down the stretch of a tough playoff race.
Hawks pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada (right) celebrates after picking up the win against the Eagles in Fukuoka on Tuesday.
Oct 4, 2023
Veteran Tsuyoshi Wada leads Hawks past Eagles to brink of playoffs
The loss leaves the Eagles a half-game back from the third and final playoff berth.
Hawks starter Tomohisa Ozeki pitches against the Eagles at Fukuoka's PayPay Dome on Monday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Oct 3, 2023
Tomohisa Ozeki tosses five-plus shutout innings as Hawks blank Eagles
SoftBank and Rakuten are both fighting for spots in the Pacific League's Climax Series.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves