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Masayoshi Son spoke this week of "unicorns" plunging into a steep valley due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Nikkei Montage/Source photo by Ken Kobayashi and screenshot from SoftBank YouTube page)
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SoftBank and Son search for path out of 'Coronavirus Valley'

Pandemic adds to pressure on founder and CEO to show his Midas touch

WATARU SUZUKI, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- As he unveiled his company's worst-ever annual financial results on Monday, SoftBank Group CEO Masayoshi Son painted a vivid picture of the "great crisis" engulfing the sprawling tech investor.

"If I were to describe it," Son told his unseen online audience, "unicorns that had been climbing uphill hard are suddenly faced with a coronavirus valley -- and the unicorns are falling into that valley." In case anyone missed the point, a slide depicting tumbling unicorns appeared behind Son's head.

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