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Founder of Japan's first US$1b startup travelled round the world

Mr Yamada wanted to start a company that would let people in different countries connect with each other. He set up Mercari in 2013.


IN 2012, Shintaro Yamada was 34 years old, single and frustrated with his job. So he quit a comfortable position in Tokyo and set out to see the world.

He made a point of travelling on the cheap and mixing with the locals. He stayed at US$5-a-night hostels without hot water,...

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