January 21, 2015
  • Rakuten, Inc.
  • Rakuten Card Co., Ltd.
  • Rakuten Securities, Inc.
  • Rakuten Bank, Ltd.
  • Rakuten Life Insurance Co., Ltd.
  • Rakuten Edy, Inc.
  • Rakuten Insurance Planning Co., Ltd.
  • Rakuten Investment Management, Inc.

Rakuten Group to Hold
Rakuten Financial Conference 2015

Tokyo, January 21, 2015 – Rakuten, Inc. and seven Rakuten Group companies in the finance business today announced that they have decided to jointly hold the Rakuten Financial Conference 2015 on February 23, 2015. This will be the first time for the conference to be held.

As the field of “FinTech,” a fusion of finance and technology, thrives in developed countries, the finance industry is entering a period of great transformation. The finance business of Rakuten Group, one of the three business that make up the core of the company along with the e-commerce business and the digital content business, will take the lead in the event which, with both Japanese and international guests from the IT and finance industries, will look at the new finance businesses that will come about through technological innovation, and provide information and expertise on FinTech, with the aim of contributing to the revitalization of the Japanese Economy.

Heizo Takenaka (Keio University, Professor of Faculty of Policy Management) has been invited to give a keynote address on the theme “The Issue with Abenomics and the Economic Environment Surrounding Japan.” Sessions with other guest speakers active on the forefront of the global finance world, such as Peter Thiel, Co-Founder of PayPal, and James Anderson, SVP of MasterCard, as well as a panel discussion with Hiroshi Mikitani, Rakuten, Inc. Chairman & CEO, are also scheduled.

Additional information on guest speakers and the program will be announced on the site for the event.

Overview of Rakuten Financial Conference 2015

Name: Rakuten Financial Conference 2015

Date and time:   Monday, February 23, 2015 12:30 – 17:15 (scheduled)
                        Registration begins at 12:00

Venue:  Aoi no Ma (Conference Room), Palace Hotel Tokyo
            1-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005 TEL. 03-3211-5211

Applications: Participants can apply to join in the event by filling out the required fields on the application form at the following site: https://corp.rakuten.co.jp/event/rfc2015/register/

*If the number of registrations exceeds the maximum capacity, attendees will be selected by a lottery

Guest Speakers:

Heizo Takenaka

Keio University, Professor of Faculty of Policy Management

Peter Thiel

PayPal, Co-Founder

James Anderson

MasterCard, SVP, Shared Platform Services and Emerging Payments

Peter Bell

Highland Capital, Partner

Eli Broverman

Betterment, Co-Founder and COO

Wences Casares

Xapo, Co-Founder and CEO

Michael Laven

Currency Cloud, CEO

John McDonnell

Bitnet Technologies Ltd, Co-Founder and CEO

David Milligan

Matchi.biz, CEO

So Saito

Attorney / New York Attorney / Consulting Lawyer, Auditor of JADA / Instructor of Chuo Graduate School of International Accounting

Yukio Noguchi

Economist / Waseda University, Adviser of the Center of Finance Research / Professor Emeritus at Hitotsubashi University

Hiroshi Mikitani

Rakuten, Inc., Chairman and CEO

Shigenobu Kobayashi

Rakuten, Inc., Manager of Rakuten SmartPay

*The above speakers are those that have been confirmed at this time. Please note that there may be changes to the program.


12:35  Session 1

Keynote Speech

“The Issue with Abenomics and the Economic Environment Surrounding Japan”

Speaker: Heizo Takenaka

13:20  Session 2

Panel Discussion

“The Rise of Bitcoin”

Speakers: Yukio Noguchi, So Saito, Wences Casares, and John McDonnell

14:15  Session 3

Panel Discussion

“Year 2025, the Evolution of Payment”

Speakers: James Anderson, Shigenobu Kobayashi, and others

15:15  Session 4

Panel Discussion

“The Forefront of FinTech”

Speakers: Peter Bell, Eli Broverman, Michael Laven, and David Milligan

16:10  Session 5

Wrap-up Session

“New Financial Services Resulting from Technological Innovation”

Speakers: Peter Thiel and Hiroshi Mikitani

Sponsors: Rakuten, Inc.; Rakuten Card Co., Ltd.; Rakuten Securities, Inc.; Rakuten Bank, Ltd. (President & CEO: Hiroyuki Nagai); Rakuten Life Insurance Co., Ltd.; Rakuten Edy, Inc.; Rakuten Insurance Planning Co., Ltd.; Rakuten Investment Management, Inc.


*Please note that the information contained in press releases is current as of the date of release.

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