Walmart partners with Rakuten to open its first eCommerce store in Japan

Walmart partners with Rakuten to open its first eCommerce store in Japan

US retailer Walmart has partnered with internet services firm Rakuten to open Walmart’s first eCommerce store in Japan, the Walmart Rakuten Ichiba Store. The business operates within the Rakuten Ichiba ‘internet shopping mall’, and aims to combine Walmart’s international expertise in delivering high-quality US brand products with Rakuten’s strengths in online commerce and familiarity with Japanese consumers. The digital […]

A10 Networks selected to deploy pilot network for major Japanese mobile carrier’s 5G network rollout

A10 Networks selected to deploy pilot network for major Japanese mobile carrier’s 5G network rollout

A10 Networks, a provider of intelligent and automated cybersecurity solutions, announced a major Japanese mobile carrier has selected the A10 Thunder Convergent Firewall (CFW) Gi/SGi firewall solution for their 5G pilot network, to complement the massive capacity demands of their existing mobile network and help lay the foundation for the mobile carrier’s 5G production network, […]

CCI and SpotX ink deal to provide Japanese broadcasters with programmatic solutions

CCI and SpotX ink deal to provide Japanese broadcasters with programmatic solutions

Cyber Communications Inc. (CCI) and SpotX have inked a deal which will see the adtech platform bring its programmatic solutions to television networks in Japan. The deal will see the country’s main broadcasters like Nippon Television Network Corporation, TV Asahi Corporation, Tokyo Broadcasting System, Fuji Television Network and TXN Network adopt SpotX’s solutions for video […]

Ride-hailing app Grab now offers micro-loans and other financial services

Ride-hailing app Grab now offers micro-loans and other financial services

South East Asian ride-hailing firm Grab has moved deeper into financial services with the launch of a dedicated unit and the introduction of micro-loans and insurance products. Grab Financial will encompass all of Grab’s fintech offerings, including payments services, rewards and loyalty services, agent network services and now also financial services. Grab has been progressively […]

Ripple Develops Blockchain Payments App With 61 Japanese Banks

Ripple Develops Blockchain Payments App With 61 Japanese Banks

The Japan Consortium is set to launch a revolutionary smartphone app called ‘MoneyTap’, which will allow customers to settle transactions instantaneously, 24/7. The app is powered by Ripple’s blockchain technology. According to an announcement on Ripple’s official website, this is the first time in Japan a mobile transaction settlement app has been developed which will […]

Sony Corp. to launch an AI-based taxi-hailing service in Japan

Sony Corp. to launch an AI-based taxi-hailing service in Japan

Sony Corporation has said that it will build an AI-based ride-hailing system in Japan in partnership with five taxi companies. The service will use artificial intelligence to manage taxi dispatches and forecast demand based on factors like weather, traffic and local events. Sony’s announcement came just before Uber chief executive officer Dara Khosrowshahi, who is currently […]

Didi Chuxing teams up with SoftBank for ride-hailing service in Japan

Didi Chuxing teams up with SoftBank for ride-hailing service in Japan

Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing has revealed plans to launch in Japan following a strategic partnership with Japanese tech giant SoftBank. Didi and SoftBank will use Didi’s AI technology to build ride-hailing platform services for the taxi industry in Japan and the joint venture will commence trials in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Fukuoka before the […]

Chat app Line announces plan for cryptocurrency services, loans and insurance

Chat app Line announces plan for cryptocurrency services, loans and insurance

Line, the messaging app with around 200 million monthly users, is embracing bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to fend off increased competition from Facebook and others. The Japanese company has announced the creation of a new financial services division which will spearhead a move into cryptocurrencies and other services including loans and insurance. Line already operates […]

Line partners with Folio for an in-app investment management portal

Line partners with Folio for an in-app investment management portal

Line Corporation, the Japanese subsidiary of South Korean internet company Naver Corporation, has entered into a ‘capital alliance’ with investment management firm Folio, which will see its service integrated into the Line messaging app. Following a Line investment in Folio, the pair will work to implement the service on the Line app – which now […]