Banking on 'smart news' to make money

Mr Kaisei Hamamoto (pictured) and Dr Ken Suzuki founded SmartNews in Tokyo in 2012.
Mr Kaisei Hamamoto (pictured) and Dr Ken Suzuki founded SmartNews in Tokyo in 2012.PHOTO: SMARTNEWS

(BLOOMBERG) - It all started when Dr Ken Suzuki visited the Berlin Wall as a teenager on a school trip.

Dr Suzuki, who was 14, was allowed to cross into East Germany because he had a Japanese passport. Along the way, he saw a memorial for a family who'd been shot trying to get to the West.

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