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Business Standard  |  New Delhi 

During a recent press conference organised by the Bharti group and Japanese internet and telecom giant SoftBank to announce a venture in the solar energy space, founder, chairman and group chief executive officer (CEO) of Bharti Enterprises, Sunil Bharti Mittal, and founder and current CEO of SoftBank, Masayoshi Son, were taking questions when a journalist began asking a question in Japanese. While everyone else present on the dais and the audience drew a blank, Son was expectedly completely at ease. As he began to answer, he said he would first do so in Japanese and then in English. But what's the question, asked those on the dais. The second richest man in Japan, according to 2015 Japan's 50 Richest People by Forbes, proceeded to translate the question in English, then answer in Japanese and finally translate his answer in English for the benefit of his colleagues and the audience.

First Published: Sun, July 05 2015. 21:05 IST