Rakuten Won’t Renew its Contract with WeWork, Says Report

Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten has determined to not renew its contract with WeWork when it expires subsequent month, in response to a report within the Japan Times. Rakuten had leased about 700 desks in Tokyo, however is now planning to maneuver workers from its fintech division into its personal new places of work.

Tokyo  can be the headquarters of WeWork’s greatest investor SoftBank, which took ownership of the coworking startup last October as a part of a bailout deal after issues about WeWork’s monetary stability and the habits of co-founder and former chief executive officer Adam Neumann led to the postponement of its IPO.

Due partially to its shut relationship with SoftBank, WeWork has a excessive variety of shoppers in Japan, however the Japan Times studies that the COVID-19 pandemic triggered occupancy to drop by about 60%.

Despite its troubles, SoftBank Group chief working officer Marcelo Claure, who took over as WeWork’s chairman after Neumann’s resignation, advised the Financial Times earlier this month that the corporate is on target to achieve working profitability by the tip of next year, thanks partially to aggressive cost-cutting measures.

He additionally stated that despite the fact that revenues had been flat through the second quarter as a result of many tenants terminated their leases or stopped paying hire, some corporations have leased WeWork areas to function satellite places of work near the place their workers reside as they proceed to work from home.