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Ex-Yahoo Japan head built foundation for online business

Masahiro Inoue, former right-hand man of SoftBank's Son, died in accident at 60

Masahiro Inoue

TOKYO -- Former Yahoo Japan President Masahiro Inoue died in a traffic accident on April 25 in California at the age of 60.

Before taking up the post in 1996, Inoue worked for SoftBank, which today is SoftBank Group, where he was a close aide to company founder Masayoshi Son, who is now the group's CEO.

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