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Rakuten to double IT engineer head count in India

E-commerce group to add 1,000 workers in Bangalore in global race for tech talent

The algorithms that drive Rakuten's business in Japan are increasingly being written by engineers in India. (Source photos by Rakuten and Masayuki Terazawa)

TOKYO -- Rakuten plans to double its workforce in India within two years, as the Japanese e-commerce group joins a wave of global tech giants in the race for engineering talent.

Rakuten's online shopping platform is not available in India, but the algorithms that power the $37 billion business in Japan are increasingly being written by engineers in the South Asian country. They are also responsible for developing software for Rakuten's online brokerage arm, as well as running a 24-hour security operation.

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