1. Japan's E-Reader Industry Struggles to Keep Up as Amazon Takes the Lead

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    TOKYO When Rakuten, Japan's leading e-commerce company, introduced its Kobo e-reader in Japan in July 2012, the company's chief executive, Hiroshi Mikitani, presented a gift to Yoshinobu Noma, the president of Kodansha, Japan's largest publisher.
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  2. Rakuten Confirms Acquisition Of Viki
    Over the past two years, Rakuten has acquired e-reader services provider Kobo and European streaming video platform Wuaki.tv. Kobo recently launched three new Android-based tablets and an e-reader in a bid to take on Amazon's Kindle series, while …
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