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Plopping down in Silicon Valley

SoftBank's office building in Silicon Valley is located about a 15-minute drive south of San Francisco International Airport.

TOKYO -- From San Francisco International Airport, it's about a 15-minute ride along the bay to a four-story building in Silicon Valley where a Japanese telecom carrier is setting up its headquarters. The sign reads "SoftBank."

     The top floor is reserved for directors and executives. Stepping off an elevator, one emerges into a wide-open space, but divided by a glass corridor, through which an artificial creek flows. The soothing atmosphere is reminiscent of the ambience at a Japanese-style inn.

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