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Rakuten backs Muslim workers

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — Rakuten Inc. President Hiroshi Mikitani vowed on Monday to back Muslim workers at the major Japanese online shopping mall operator, while denouncing U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration ban for passport-holders from some Muslim-majority countries.

“It is wrong as a human being” to “discriminate based on religion and nationality,” Mikitani wrote in English on Twitter. “We will support our Muslim staff members as a company and personally as well.

“I am very sad to see what is happening now” in the United States, he also tweeted. “I really respect big American big heart,” he stressed.

The Rakuten chief also revealed a plan to launch a free international telephone service from the United States to all countries subject to the U.S. entry ban, by utilizing the group’s Viber free communication app provider.Speech

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