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TOKYO -- SoftBank Group chief Masayoshi Son has always had a soft spot for Sakamoto Ryoma, a forward-looking samurai who ran a naval trading business in 19th-century Japan.

Son has called Sakamoto "the most beautiful man in Japan," and SoftBank's own logo is based on a flag Sakamoto hoisted on his ships.

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