Sellers ask antitrust body to probe Rakuten's free shipping policy

Business Dec 1, 2019

Sellers ask antitrust body to probe Rakuten's free shipping policy

Merchants on Rakuten Inc.'s online shopping mall have requested that the Fair Trade Commission investigate the e-commerce giant's planned free shipping policy, according to sources familiar with the move. Some online stores allege that Rakuten abuses its dominant position to force them to shoulder shipping ...

Rakuten's Barca-Chelsea show misses mark

Soccer | From the Spot Jul 24, 2019

Rakuten's Barca-Chelsea show misses mark

by Dan Orlowitz

The possibility exists that Tuesday's Rakuten Cup match between Barcelona and Chelsea was being considered by some influential soccer figure or another as an audition for Japan's inclusion in the increasingly popular International Champions Cup, the international preseason tournament that is currently taking place ...

Japan bets on QR code payments to sustain spending

Business Jul 4, 2019

Japan bets on QR code payments to sustain spending

by Stanley White

When the baseball season kicked off in Japan this spring, fans of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles were faced with an inconvenience they'd never encountered before: The food and drink stalls did not accept cash. The team's owner, internet commerce firm Rakuten Inc., was trying ...