Rakuten sets up new development center in Dalian, China

Maria Nikolova

The new center will focus on the development of tools and services to deliver on Rakuten’s global vision of leveraging AI and Big Data technology to enhance Rakuten’s e-commerce, fintech and digital content services.

Tokyo-based online services provider Rakuten Inc (TYO:4755) is further expanding into China. The company has earlier today announced the opening of a new global Development Center in Dalian, China. 

This is not the first development center for Rakuten in China. Rakuten established its first Chinese development center, Rakuten China Development Center Co., Ltd., in Beijing during 2010 and expanded to a second office in Shanghai in 2015. Other Rakuten development centers include Tokyo, San Mateo, Singapore, Paris, Boston, Belfast, Montpellier, Bengaluru and Shanghai.

The new office in Dalian will collaborate with more than 3,000 engineers, researchers and technical teams in Rakuten from around the world, focusing on the development of tools and services to deliver on Rakuten’s global vision of leveraging AI and Big Data technology to enhance Rakuten’s e-commerce, fintech and digital content services.

Let’s recall that, in December 2018, Rakuten said it had opened a new office of its dedicated research and development organization, Rakuten Institute of Technology, at its operations center in Bengaluru, India. Rakuten Institute of Technology Bengaluru is the first research center for the institute in India.

Rakuten’s passion for the development and adoption of new technology solutions has been shown numerous times. In January this year, for instance, Rakuten reiterated its fintech commitment via the launch of a new Accelerator Program. The theme for this edition of the program is “Future of Communication, Digital Commerce and Data Marketing”. It aims to offer innovative startup companies from around the world a chance to accelerate their innovation and explore global business opportunities.

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