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How Japan’s Rakuten plans to become a global ecommerce giant

Rakuten is one of Japan’s biggest tech companies, yet it’s still relatively unknown in Europe.

It began as an ecommerce marketplace but has since diversified into areas such as instant messaging and banking.

CEO Hiroshi Mikitani aims to raise Rakuten’s profile outside of Japan with expansion plans driven by further acquisitions.

How the sharing economy will develop in 2015

The sharing economy has grown exponentially in the past few years to the point where it has impacted nearly all industries.

Airbnb and Uber are the most obvious examples, but other sectors such as logistics, utilities and education have also been disrupted by new startups.