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Rakuten, Inc. operates as an Internet service provider in Japan and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Internet Services, FinTech, and Others. The Internet Services segment comprises businesses running various e-commerce sites, including Rakuten Ichiba, an Internet shopping mall; and travel booking sites, portal sites, online cash back sites, and digital contents sites, as well as business for sales of advertising on these sites. It also provides various Internet services that offer e-reading, online travel reservations, online auctions, online marketing, online golf course reservations, portal site and search engine, integrated Internet marketing, online recipe posting and browsing, student recruiting community, logistics, online purchase of discount coupon, online shopping, and video on demand services. In addition, this segment is involved in the online sale of books, CDS, and DVDS. The FinTech segment engages in providing services over the Internet related to banking and securities, credit cards, life insurance, and electronic money. This segment provides credit card payment, Internet Banking, online brokerage, electronic money, online comprehensive insurance, and face-to-face and online life insurance services, as well as credit card transactions on smartphones and tablets. The Others segment is involved in the provision of messaging and communications services, such as transit and IP telephone, bridal information, mobile messaging, VoIP, mobile virtual network operator, and related services; and management of a professional baseball team and others. The company was formerly known as MDM, Inc. and changed its name to Rakuten, Inc. in June 1999. Rakuten, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

12,981 Employees
Last Reported Date: 03/30/16
Founded in 1997

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Rakuten, Inc. Announces Launch of Rakuten Music Service

Rakuten, Inc. has announced the launch of Rakuten Music, a service offering unlimited streaming of music for a fixed rate through an iOS or Android app. Rakuten Music was designed and developed as a "one-stop music service" allowing users to listen to and buy music seamlessly. Registered users are able to use their smartphones and tablets to select music or artists of their choice from among approximately 3 million pieces of Japanese and international music, ranging from the latest J-POP hits to famous international recordings and songs, which they can enjoy listening to anywhere anytime. New tracks are planned to be added regularly, and the service aims to make 20 to 30 million songs available within the year. Moreover, CDs, music-related DVDs, and Blu-ray products sold through Rakuten Books will be displayed on the search engine results pages and information pages for each of the artists. Tapping on the product names will allow users to obtain coupons offering a 5% discount on purchased products, as well as purchase them immediately through Rakuten Books. The app also has a comprehensive "recommend" function that can recommend songs and playlists optimized to the individual user's tastes based on listening habits. The more the service is used, the more it is able to propose personalized playlists and songs to suit user tastes, bringing users into contact with a variety of music for a variety of situations and moods. Users can sign up for the "Standard Plan" on Rakuten Music offering use of all functions and unlimited streaming of all music for approximately a month. The fee is JPY 980 (including tax) for 30 days if the payment is made using Rakuten ID Payment, or JPY 1,080 (including tax) for one month if the payment is made using an Apple ID. The service may be enjoyed free of charge for the first month after registration. Moreover, users may switch to a "Light Plan" after signing up for the service, which offers 20 hours of music streaming. The Light Plan costs JPY 500 (including tax) for 30 days if the payment is made using Rakuten ID Payment, or JPY 600 (including tax) for one month if the payment is made using an Apple ID.

Rakuten Was Reportedly In Talks To Acquire Citrus

Rakuten, Inc. (TSE:4755) was reportedly in talks to acquire Citrus Payment Solutions Pvt. Ltd., people familiar with the matter reported. However, the talks fell through.

Rakuten, Inc. Announces Consolidated Earnings Results for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2016; Provides Earnings Guidance for the Year Ending December 31, 2016

Rakuten, Inc. announced consolidated earnings results for the six months ended June 30, 2016. For the second quarter, the company reported revenue from continuing operations of JPY 368,906 million against JPY 332,006 million a year ago. Operating income was JPY 48,784 million against JPY 55,289 million a year ago. Income before income tax was JPY 47,121 million against JPY 54,084 million a year ago. Net income was JPY 26,549 million against JPY 27,714 million a year ago. Net income attributable to owners of the parent company was JPY 26,568 million or JPY 18.54 per diluted share against JPY 27,772 million or JPY 20.79 per diluted share a year ago. Net cash flows from operating activities for the six months ended June 30, 2016 resulted in a cash outflow of JPY 21,722 million compared with a cash inflow of JPY 80,589 million for the same period of previous fiscal year. Purchase of property, plant and equipment was JPY 7,086 million against JPY 7,287 million a year ago. Purchase of intangible assets was JPY 20,285 million against JPY 16,549 million a year ago. Non-GAAP operating income fell by 7.3% year-on-year to JPY 58,378 million compared to JPY 63,002 million a year ago. For the year ending December 31, 2016, the estimate of consolidated operating results for fiscal 2016, double-digit growth from fiscal 2015 is targeted for consolidated revenue excluding the securities business whose results are impacted by stock market.


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