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AKANE OKUTSU, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- Yosuke Okada was not exactly dressed to impress when he met the man who would become his angel investor.

"He turned up in trainers and a jacket," former Morgan Stanley Japan Securities executive director Keisuke Tomimatsu recalled of their initial encounter in 2012, sounding slightly offended by Okada's straight-out-of-Silicon-Valley casual attire.

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