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Masa and Donald: Why Son dabbles in politics

Can the Japanese billionaire help world leaders usher in the future?

TAKASHI SUGIMOTO, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- Masayoshi Son, CEO of Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank Group, rarely hesitates to talk to national leaders. He took just such an opportunity on March 14, giving Saudi Arabia's King Salman, 81, a Pepper robot.

Son has also rubbed shoulders with Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. What motivates Son to forge ties with powerful people? And what is his real intention?

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