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Despite a long tradition of technological innovation, Japan hasn’t been known for “unicorn” tech start-ups. But one Japanese-born entrepreneur with a Silicon Valley background has helped to change that. Just three years after Ryo Ishizuka co-founded Mercari, the virtual marketplace was valued at more than $1bn. In this short film, Ryo reflects on his remarkable journey and how he was able to draw upon Japanese and US business traditions in his pursuit of success. He also discusses the importance of education and his goal of helping others to have the same sort of opportunities that he had.