The industry-academia partnership will start out with collaborations in the healthcare, robotics and human resources spaces, including a sports science tie-up with a Rakuten-owned baseball team and plans for software development hackathons.

The Japan-based Tohoku University has formed a collaboration pact with e-commerce firm Rakuten that will initially target innovations in healthcare, robotics and human resources, Telecompaper reported yesterday. The agreement will result in the creation of a research hub called Rakuten Innovation Laboratory Tohoku to coordinate efforts between its partners. Its remit for research could be…

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