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In race to rule 5G, did cutthroat competition lead Rakuten to steal?

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There are many Japanese expressions related to time ("jikan"), including "jikan wo kakeru" (take time), "jikan wo mitsukeru" (find time) and "jikan ni owareru" (be pressed for time).

There is also "jikan wo kau," which translates literally as "buy time." But when uttered by ambitious Japanese business owners, it means to acquire a corporation.

The expression implies that when you acquire a corporation, you are also paying for the time it would have taken you to develop your own technology and product.

But that sort of time can........

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