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Japanese soccer star's fund bets on Elon Musk startups

Venture with Will Smith invests in mind-machine links and superfast transit

Keisuke Honda, left, said the brain-computer interface being developed by Elon Musk venture Neuralink will "advance humanity to the next stage of evolution." (Photos by Masayori Ishikawa and Reuters)

TOKYO -- A venture capital fund set up by Japanese soccer player Keisuke Honda and American actor Will Smith has invested in two of Tesla founder Elon Musk's other ventures, including a company working on a way to connect brains with computers.

The Dreamers Fund has invested a small but undisclosed amount in Neuralink and Boring Co., the first Japanese investment in either business.

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