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62647 Postings, 7139 Tage LibudaIn the long run is the undervalue of Yen a joke

10.05.24 22:32

After my estimates we will see an increase of the Yen between 10% and 20% in the next two years.  

62647 Postings, 7139 Tage LibudaSign MoU to Promote Thai Products

11.05.24 09:45
Rakuten and Thailand’s Department of International Trade Promotion Sign MoU to Promote Thai Products

Tokyo, May 10, 2024 - Rakuten Group and the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) in Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce today announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the promotion of Thai products.

From left to right: Director and Group Executive Vice President of Rakuten Group Kazunori Takeda, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce, Thailand Mr. Phumtham Wechayachai, Director General, Department of International Trade Promotion, Ministry of Commerce, Thailand Mr. Phusit Ratanakul Sereroengrit

This MoU is part of the "TOPTHAI" project led by DITP, aimed at collaborating with leading e-commerce platform operators in their respective countries to increase awareness and promote sales of Thai products.

The TOPTHAI project is currently rolled out in nine countries and regions around the world, and Rakuten has been selected to represent the 10th partner, Japan*1. Through this MoU, the two organizations plan to open an official TOPTHAI Store on the online marketplace Rakuten Ichiba to promote sales of Thai products. They will also cooperate on planning marketing activities to increase sales of Thai products and supporting activities for Thai entrepreneurs through e-commerce-related seminars and other initiatives. Rakuten Ichiba will be the first e-commerce site in Japan to host an official TOPTHAI Store.

As the first phase of this initiative, the TOPTHAI Product Exhibition will be held on the TOPTHAI Store from May 10 to July 10, 2024. The site aims to promote Thai products by showcasing their appeal alongside recipes using Thai ingredients and seasoning. Coupons usable on-purchase will also be distributed to shoppers, further sweetening the appeal of the products on display.

Rakuten and DITP have collaborated in the past to increase awareness and promote sales of Thai products. For instance, they have launched dedicated webpages on Rakuten Ichiba showcasing Thai products, as well as jointly hosted a Thai Fair campaign on Rakuten Ichiba in 2023 during the 23rd Thai Festival Tokyo held at Yoyogi Park, where online coupons were distributed to attract customers to both the online campaign and the offline event.

The two organizations will continue to promote the unique charms of Thai products in Japan, including new products that are not yet well established in Japan, and create an enjoyable shopping experience for all users.


62647 Postings, 7139 Tage LibudaKobo's Elipsa 2E, our favorite e-reader for taking

12.05.24 11:04
Kobo’s Elipsa 2E, our favorite e-reader for taking notes, is down to its best price yet

By Sheena Vasani
May 10, 2024

I’ll be honest: every model in Amazon’s discounted Kindle lineup is fantastic for those embedded in the Amazon ecosystem, but it’s Kobo that makes my absolute favorite e-readers. If you don’t mind buying ebooks outside of Amazon, Kobo’s e-readers offer fantastic value for the money, which is why I’m excited by today’s sale. The Kobo Sage and Kobo Clara 2E are up to $30 off at Target, but it’s the Kobo Elipsa 2E, which is matching its all-time low of $349.99 ($50 off) at Target and Rakuten Kobo, that stands out the most. Even better, Rakuten Kobo is throwing in a $10 credit when you buy a $50 gift card, which can be used toward an ebook or audiobook from the Kobo store.

Kobo’s ad-free Elipsa 2E is my favorite e-reader for taking notes, namely because it offers features its biggest rival — the Kindle Scribe — currently lacks. Most notably, you can write directly on any page and get a whopping 32GB of storage, which is twice that of the base Kindle Scribe. It’s also a good replacement for a notebook with a great selection of pens, one that can convert your handwriting into typed text and even solve math equations for you. It offers a spacious 10.3-inch screen and support for a wide array of file formats, too, and while it doesn’t natively support Kindle books, Kobo’s bookstore offers millions of titles. There are even ways to convert books purchased from Amazon, though they can be somewhat time-consuming.



62647 Postings, 7139 Tage LibudaRakuten Mobile Launches "SAIKYO KIDS Program"

12.05.24 15:33
Rakuten Mobile Launches "SAIKYO KIDS Program"

MAY 10, 2024

Rakuten Mobile has announced the start of the "SAIKYO KIDS Program" to support children's first smartphones. If monthly data usage stays within 3GB, users essentially only pay 480 yen per month (538 yen including taxes) until the age of 12. At the announcement event, a Rakutenian and their child held a panel discussion where they talked about smartphone use for elementary school students, in addition to the benefits of the program from the parent's perspective.


62647 Postings, 7139 Tage Libuda"SAIKYO KIDS Program" on Youtube

12.05.24 16:26

May 10, 2024

Rakuten Mobile has announced the start of the "SAIKYO KIDS Program" to support children's first smartphones. If monthly data usage stays within 3GB, users essentially only pay 480 yen per month (538 yen including taxes) until the age of 12. At the announcement event, a Rakutenian and their child held a panel discussion where they talked about smartphone use for elementary school students, in addition to the benefits of the program from the parent's perspective.


62647 Postings, 7139 Tage LibudaRakuten Product Conference 2024

12.05.24 17:19
Rakuten Product Conference 2024: Enterprise SaaS and AI

May 09, 2024

Unlock the power of technology for everyone. Join us at Rakuten Product Conference ‘24 on May 21st and 22nd as we reimagine innovation in Enterprise SaaS and AI.


62647 Postings, 7139 Tage LibudaIt's day zero for Telecom Reinvented

12.05.24 22:22
On the fence about how to manage your mobile network? Let history be your guide

By Geoff Hollingworth

Chief Marketing Officer Rakuten Symphony
May 6, 2024

In this post I want to expand on the statements I made about game changing innovation and the paradigm shift facing telecom.  

At day zero before a disruptive technology is launched, everything feels normal and under control. But looking back at that moment from the future, it’s apparent that the change was so impactful it makes you wonder how we functioned without it.

A good example is the launch of Web 2.0 in 2007. At the time, we were all happily surfing statically created Web 1.0 web pages on our computers. But now can we imagine a world without the social media, photo sharing, e-commerce and other capabilities that define how we use the Internet today? The same thing can be said about smartphones and many other technologies.

It's day zero for Telecom Reinvented

For MNOs it’s day zero of a massive shift in terms of both their operational mindset and technologies that are leveraged, which are virtualized, software-driven, and feature standardized network software and hardware. And it’s hard to see the changes when you are at day zero. This new approach is distinguished by the need for a network-wide standardized data pool to be created and used for AI-powered autonomous automation.

The MNOs who embrace this network industrialization can change their businesses by taking advantage of the opportunities for cost cutting and new revenues that this network paradigm shift brings with it.  

Rakuten Mobile has been at the forefront of this change in leveraging a software-first automation approach to manage a nation-wide network with only 250 engineers. Other MNOs will look back on this change and ask themselves, how did we boost our revenue when we couldn’t launch complex 5G standalone services with a zero-touch approach?  

Or how did we support new services when we couldn’t autonomously manage tens of thousands of edge network servers?

Or how did we make a profit when we had such huge teams of network engineers managing the network?

We also have the chance to answer other pressing questions. How do we make AI safe?  How do we reduce fraud?

I think we'll all look back at this period the same way as we look back at the start of Web 2.0 apps or the smart phone in 2007. Those MNOs who are late to the network industrialization revolution will struggle to compete and they will reflect on this inflection point and realize the consequences of not adopting this reinvented approach to telecom.    

And if telecom is not taking advantage of these important changes in the next 10-15 years, shame on the industry.



62647 Postings, 7139 Tage LibudaRakuten Securities with new robo advisor

13.05.24 06:45

62647 Postings, 7139 Tage LibudaExcellent results of Rakuten Bank

13.05.24 09:08

62647 Postings, 7139 Tage LibudaExciting times ahead!

13.05.24 21:36
Certainly! In May 2024, Rakuten Viber, a global leader in private and secure messaging and calls, introduced an AI-powered feature for group chats. Leveraging technology similar to ChatGPT, this feature summarizes long conversations into bullet points, ensuring essential details aren’t lost1. Here are the key points:

         •§AI Chat Summary: The feature condenses up to 100 unread messages in a group chat into a concise summary.
         •§Efficient Communication: It extracts crucial parts of conversations, enhancing decision-making and productivity.
         •§Privacy: Summaries are visible only to users who request them, ensuring confidentiality.
         •§Data Security: Viber doesn’t save summaries on its servers, ensuring a secure user experience.

This innovation reflects Rakuten Viber’s commitment to smarter, more efficient communication2. The feature is gradually rolling out to users in the U.S., the Philippines, Ukraine, Japan, Bulgaria, and Poland1. With over 1 billion registered users and 820 million monthly active users, Rakuten Viber continues to evolve3. Exciting times ahead!


62647 Postings, 7139 Tage LibudaResults are okay

14.05.24 09:20

62647 Postings, 7139 Tage LibudaThe progress of Rakuten Mobile

14.05.24 13:22
MAY 14, 2024

Rakuten Mobile chief hails network quality gains

On its Q1 earnings call, Mikitani claimed “smooth progress” in turning around the group’s loss-making mobile unit, noting profitability is just around the corner, with a target of EBITDA turning positive by December 2024.

He noted it is now in the third phase of its launch, which is telling customers about its improved network quality. It is working to a target of 10 million subscribers by end-2025.

The operator’s revenue grew 7.1 per cent year-on-year to JPY62 billion ($396.3 million), with mobile service sales expanding 36 per cent to JPY36.1 billion. Its operating loss was JPY66 billion compared to JPY92 billion a year earlier.

Rakuten Symphony’s revenue jumped 55.3 per cent to $118 million.

In early April the operator said it added 1.5 million subscribers within a year, taking its total to 6.5 million at end-March.

Capex in the first quarter dropped 47 per cent to JPY33 billion from a year earlier.

The operator is targeting commercial launch of service on the 700MHz band in June, which will help take population coverage to 99.9 per cent.


62647 Postings, 7139 Tage LibudaFinance Activities

14.05.24 15:32

Refinance risk for 2024 has already been resolved. In addition, by issuing US dollar-denominated senior bonds and JPY-denominated private placement notes in April 2024, the liquidity gap for corporate bonds that mature in 2025 has largely been addressed

Continued efforts to increase intra-group cash flow, including optimization of working capital, and reduce interest bearing debt through various capital procurement activities

Latest IR Materials
First Quarter 2024

62647 Postings, 7139 Tage LibudaSteady revenue growth in each business

14.05.24 17:39
Steady revenue growth in each business

Consolidated revenue: JPY 513.6bn Record high for Q1

Internet Services: Rakuten Ichiba and Rakuten Travel plus overseas businesses performed well

FinTech: Growth in all services from expansion of customer base and transaction value

Mobile: Growth in Rakuten Mobile subscribers boosted MNO service revenue by JPY 9.6bn YoY

Latest IR Materials
First Quarter 2024

62647 Postings, 7139 Tage LibudaRevenue expansion and successful cost optimization

14.05.24 17:56
Revenue expansion and successful cost optimization in each business

Consolidated Non-GAAP OI +JPY 43.5bn YoY

On track to achieve annual profitability

Internet Services: significant profit improvement in growth investment businesses and overseas businesses

Rakuten Card: profitability improved
Rakuten Payment: turned profitable
Rakuten Securities: profit back to pre-zero commission level

Rakuten Mobile: continued loss reduction thanks to revenue growth and cost optimization

Latest IR Materials
First Quarter 2024

62647 Postings, 7139 Tage LibudaRakuten achieved several notable financial results

15.05.24 09:17
In the first quarter of fiscal year 2024, the Rakuten Group achieved several notable financial results:

Revenue Growth: The group recorded year-on-year revenue growth in all three segments: Internet Services, FinTech, and Mobile. Consolidated revenue reached 513.6 billion yen, a record high for the first quarter, up 8.0% compared to the previous year.

Operating Losses Improvement: Non-GAAP operating losses in Q1 FY2024 were 25.4 billion yen, a significant improvement of 43.5 billion yen YoY. This improvement was due to increased revenue, better profitability in domestic e-commerce growth investment businesses, strong performance in various FinTech businesses, and reduced losses at Rakuten Mobile.

Cash Flow: The consolidated EBITDA (an indicator used to assess cash flow generation) for the quarter was profitable, recording 52.8 billion yen, an increase of 49.3 billion yen YoY.  

62647 Postings, 7139 Tage Libuda9.2 million subscribers at the end of 2024

15.05.24 13:16

The total number of MNO subscriptions (both individual and business) saw acceleration, reaching 6.8 million as of May 13, 2024.


That are against the 6.32 million at the end of Q1/2024 a strong increase of 0.48 million in only six weeks. If this pace will continue in the next 30 weeks – and I am sure after the excellent quality reports of the last weeks – Rakuten Mobile will add additional 2.4 million subscribers to the 6.8 million as of May 13, 2024 = 9.2 million subscribers at the end of 2024.


62647 Postings, 7139 Tage LibudaEarnings-call/q1-2024

15.05.24 21:25

62647 Postings, 7139 Tage LibudaRakuten is client and owner of AST

16.05.24 21:16
AT&T, AST SpaceMobile draw closer to sat-to-phone launch

MAY 16, 2024

US operator AT&T struck a deal with AST SpaceMobile to provide what they claim will be the first full space-based broadband service direct to common mobile phones, although a launch date was not specified.

The six-year agreement replaces the pair’s previous memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed in 2020.

AT&T is also a strategic investor in the direct-to-device satellite player (a “$20 million revenue commitment”, according to an AST SpaceMobile investor presentation last month) alongside Google and Vodafone Group. The trio have invested a total of $110 million of ten-year subordinated convertible notes.

In addition to AT&T, AST SpaceMobile is collaborating with Rakuten Mobile, Rogers Communications, Orange, Vodafone and American Tower to address internet connectivity gaps, but the US operator is the only commercial agreement to date.


62647 Postings, 7139 Tage LibudaInternet Services

17.05.24 08:24

In domestic e-commerce services, the mainstay of Internet services, the growth rate of total transaction value slowed down compared to the three months ended March 31, 2023, due to the impact of changes in marketing strategies aimed at improving profitability. However, operating profit increased. In the internet shopping mall "Rakuten Ichiba" and the travel reservation service "Rakuten Travel", customer retention continued due to various measures aimed at improving customer convenience and satisfaction.

In other Internet Services including overseas internet services, strong sales growth continued in the US cashback service "Rakuten Rewards", in the mobile messaging and VoIP services "Viber", the e-book service "Kobo", and the video streaming service "Viki" within the overseas content business, the number of users increased, resulting in steady performance improvement and contributing to the expansion of segment profit.

As a result, revenue for the Internet Services segment rose to ¥285,703 million, a 5.4% year-on-year increase, while segment profit stood at ¥13,600 million, a 14.8% year-on-year increase.

(Millions of Yen)
Three months ended March 31, 2023 Three months ended March 31, 2024
Amount Change YoY  % Change YoY
Segment revenue 271,138 285,703 14,565 5.4%
Segment profit 11,851 13,600 1,749 14.8%

Latest IR Materials
First Quarter 2024


62647 Postings, 7139 Tage LibudaRakuten Viber with 1.5 billion people

17.05.24 11:08
CEO Mikitani about Rakuten Viber: “We have increase of 5.4%, so accounting for 1.5 billion people.”

Source: Conference Call Q1/2024

62647 Postings, 7139 Tage LibudaDas meint der Copilot von Bing

17.05.24 22:51
Rakuten Group, Inc. ist ein weltweit führendes Unternehmen, das Menschen durch Technologie und Innovation empowert. Die Philosophie hinter dem japanischen Wort “Rakuten” bedeutet “Optimismus”. Sie drückt das Engagement des Unternehmens für eine bessere, optimistischere Zukunft aus, indem es Einzelpersonen, Unternehmen und der Gesellschaft die Möglichkeit gibt, ihre Träume zu verwirklichen. Rakuten umfasst mehr als 70 Unternehmen und hat über 1,8 Milliarden Mitglieder weltweit. Das Service-Ökosystem basiert auf Mitgliedschaften und bietet eine vielseitige Palette von Dienstleistungen. Dazu gehören E-Commerce, digitale Inhalte, Werbung, Unterhaltung und Kommunikation. Der Hauptsitz von Rakuten befindet sich im Crimson House in Tokyo, Japan. Der Gründer und CEO, Hiroshi Mikitani, leitet das globale, innovative Unternehmen, das sich darauf konzentriert, Träume zu erfüllen und Werte durch Innovation und Unternehmertum zu schaffen.  

62647 Postings, 7139 Tage LibudaRakuten Communications and Reshunkan System

18.05.24 07:04

62647 Postings, 7139 Tage LibudaTaiwan Rakuten Ichiba

18.05.24 07:13

62647 Postings, 7139 Tage LibudaNot any problems with financing

18.05.24 10:00

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