September 09, 2012
In a nation whose workforce often spends hours daily reading on commuter trains, Japan's e-book market is potentially as weighty as a novel by existentialist writer Kenzaburo...
July 20, 2012
TOKYO, July 19, 2012 -- Kobo Inc., a global leader in eReading, today announced the company’s award-winning Kobo Touch(TM) eReader along with its full eReading service is now ...
July 10, 2012
Online retailer Rakuten Inc. will begin selling residential solar power generation systems this month priced about 40 percent lower than similar conventional products.
July 03, 2012
Rakuten Inc.’s new e-book reader will cost 7,980 yen ($100), less than half of the price of its major competitors, while books for the device will be free from the...
June 30, 2012
For the 8,000 employees of Rakuten Inc. group, one of the world's top 10 online retailers, the coming week may fill many with dread. Then again, not.
June 29, 2012
The Finance Ministry plans to impose a consumption tax on electronic books sold in Japan by foreign companies such as Amazon.com Inc., sources said on June 28.
June 25, 2012
Each April, hundreds of new graduates report for work in Japan's corporate world, all on the same day, all dressed in standard business black, and all ready to be molded into...
June 21, 2012
Rakuten Inc., Japan's top online retailer, will release its own e-book reader in late July, marking its full-fledged entry into the e-book market.
May 17, 2012
-- Global social commerce pioneer takes stake in online sharing service --
November 10, 2011
Rakuten Inc., Japan's leading online retailer, said Nov. 9 it had agreed to buy Kobo Inc., a Canadian firm that sells e-book readers in more than 100 countries.
November 09, 2011
Rakuten, Inc. and Kobo Inc. announced on Nov. 9 that they have reached an agreement for Rakuten to acquire the global eBook firm Kobo for $315 million (24.4 billion yen) in...
November 09, 2011
-- Kobo, a Global Leader in eReading Expands Rakuten Offering to Include eBooks and eReaders Worldwide --
September 22, 2011
It's eight in the morning in a Tokyo office building, and a dozen middle-aged Japanese businessmen sit inside small booths, sweating as they try to talk English to the...
August 11, 2011
Rakuten Inc., Japan's leading online retailer, on Aug. 10 opened Raboo, an e-book website, and began distributing contents to Panasonic Corp.'s UT-PB1 dedicated tablet device...
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