Tag: Rakuten


New Rakuma upgrades registration process

New Rakuma upgrades registration process

After its recent merger with sister flea market app Fril, Rakuten’s new Rakuma app has changed its personal information registration process to make c-to-c trade in Japan more secure and transparent.



Proto Corp.’s annual revenue up 9.5 percent

Proto Corporation (TSE: 4298), owner of auto vertical GooNet and motorcycle marketplace GooBike in Japan, recorded a 9.5 percent rise in its net sales to 62.1 billion yen ($561.9 million U.S.) for the fiscal year ended Mar. 31. This was thanks to robust sales in its mainstay automobile-related information business.

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VacationStay partners with Korean Yanolja

VacationStay partners with Korean Yanolja

Japan’s  Rakuten Lifull Stay Inc., which is jointly owned by Rakuten Inc. and  Lifull Co. Ltd., has signed a partnership with South Korea’s online-to-offline short-term accommodation booking platform Yanolja, for its tentatively-titled rental service VacationStay.


VacationStay partners with Booking.com

VacationStay partners with Booking.com

Japan's Rakuten Lifull Stay, which is jointly owned by Rakuten (51 percent) and Lifull (49 percent), signed a cooperation agreement for its site VacationStay with Booking.com.

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GPlus Media launches property site for locals only

GPlus Media launches property site for locals only

GPlus Media, owned by Japan’s media conglomerate Fuji Sankei Group, launched a global property site called RealEstateWorld.jp to provide information, trends and technology updates on foreign property markets to Japanese citizens. The site is presented in the Japanese language only.


Japan’s GooNet brings aftermarket apps

Japan’s GooNet brings aftermarket apps

Japan’s used-auto site GooNet, owned by Proto Corporation, unveiled two innovative apps to improve its presence in the aftermarket (after the auto has been acquired). Both apps are available free of cost for download for Android and Apple mobiles.

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Japan’s SpaceMarket to launch Airbnb-style site

Japan’s SpaceMarket to launch Airbnb-style site

Internet giants Rakuten and Lifull are not the only firms in Japan gearing up for January 2018, when the country's new law for renting private accommodation will go into effect. Tokyo-based real estate start-up Space Market Inc. is already accepting listings from accommodation owners, but the site will only launch officially once the Private Lodgings Business Law, which legalizes time rental of private accommodation on certain conditions, is in effect. 


Rakuten, Trovit launch rental site

Rakuten, Trovit launch rental site

Rakuten Lifull Stay, Inc., a joint venture owned by Japanese e-commerce leader Rakuten and Trovit owner Lifull, sis launching a monthly rental apartment service soon and is now gathering listings.

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