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How 'Rocket' Sasaki helped shape billionaire Masayoshi Son

Former Sharp exec taught SoftBank founder importance of personal connections

Tadashi Sasaki, right, continued to mentor Son after he established SoftBank Corp. Japan.

TOKYO -- News footage released May 20 by local media in Saudi Arabia surprised diplomatic insiders and businesspeople in the U.S. and Japan.

The scene is in the royal palace in the capital, Riyadh. In the center of a large hall with white walls and a gorgeously carpeted floor sits Saudi's King Salman and U.S. President Donald Trump. On one side of them are Saudi government officials in traditional dress, and on the other, visitors from the U.S.

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