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Billionaire Has a New Goal for His 17,000 Workers: Learn to Code

  • That’s basic literacy for all working in IT: founder Mikitani
  • Japanese e-commerce giant switched to English a few years ago
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Rakuten CEO Hiroshi Mikitani discuss his efforts in requiring Rakuten staff to speak English and learn to code.(Source: Bloomberg)
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Less than a decade after stunning workers at his Japanese tech giant with an edict to learn English, billionaire Hiroshi Mikitani wants to do the same with computer programming.

Rakuten Inc. may soon expect its more than 17,000 employees to know how a computer compiles a program and understand the difference between a CPU and GPU (one is the brains of a PC, the other runs the graphics). Underpinning that is a mandatory, entry-level ability to code.