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For SoftBank chief Son, all the world's a platform

Aggressive investment strategy aims to fuse internet and real world

SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son speaks at a news conference in March in Tokyo. (Photo by Keiichiro Sato)

TOKYO -- SoftBank Group's Vision Fund is best known for investing in high-tech fields, such as self-driving and robotics startups, but it also puts money into retailers and consumer-facing companies to create synergies.

 Chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son, who has ambitions to turn SoftBank into an online "platform" that brings buyers and sellers together, appears to be placing priority on creating a fusion between online and bricks-and-mortar stores.

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