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Samurai entrepreneur matches global corporations with local influencers

His Singapore startup expects to have 400 employees by year-end

Kosuke Sogo started his own marketing agency when he realized information technology was about to conquer emerging Asian economies.

TOKYO -- Kosuke Sogo, the descendant of a high-ranking 16th century Sengoku samurai, is always ready to do battle. Ever since he graduated from university, he has been keen to expand his sales territory and take market share from his competitors.

His boss from his first job remembers being surprised at how quickly Sogo moved. "At first I thought he was just talking big," his old boss said. "But he was able to take action and could really sniff out opportunities."

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