【Students of Bologna University, Italy, visit Rakuten】
On August 22, eight Bologna University students visiting Japan from Italy came to Rakuten for a tour and orientation.
They study Japanese at university and have been experiencing Japanese culture such as ikebana and tea ceremony during their visit, but this was their first time to visit a Japanese company. The students showed deep interest in the facilities and equipment as well as the behavior of employees.
The orientation was also led by an Italian staff member who happens to be an alumni of Bologna University.
The Bologna University graduate, through his overview of Rakuten’s business operations and talking about his own job, communicated to the students the ups and downs of Japan and working at Rakuten as well as the source of his motivation.
The questions kept coming: “What is the top selling product?” “How is this different from other online commerce websites?”
There was a happy ending as the students left chanting one of the Rakuten Principles for Success – “Speed! Speed! Speed!”
We are happy that the group got to know more about Japanese companies and, through their fellow Bologna alumni, have gained a greater sense of their own potential.