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CEO revealed Korean roots to inspire youths facing bigotry in Japan

TOKYO -- SoftBank Group Chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son has long been discriminated against by Japanese because he is ethnically Korean. His life has been about fighting against the odds.

SoftBank Group Chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son (Photo by Hiromichi Matono)

     Even in his early childhood, he received verbal and physical attacks from Japanese classmates. In kindergarten, he was jeered at for being Korean. Once, another child cut his head open with a stone.

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