Rakuten Inc. now intends to take on 100 more new college graduates in the spring of 2010 than previously planned, for a maximum of 400, thanks to growing online sales operations. The virtual mall operator, which hired 307 college graduates this spring, had earlier eyed a similar number for next year. Its development division, which creates online services, will hire 150 graduates, up 40 percent from the spring of 2009. The other 250 are bound for sales and administration. Roughly 30 percent of this class of 2010 will have science backgrounds.
Rakuten headquarters will employ six Chinese in the fall and seven Indians next January. In midcareer personnel, the company is keeping the 2009 figure on a par with last year's, which came to 690. The Rakuten group employs about 5,500 workers overall, a figure that the company says will top 10,000 within a few years.© JCN