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Meet the man who helped Sony get its game back

Feb 23, 2015

Meet the man who helped Sony get its game back

“How many people came for video games?” asks a keynote presenter at Sony Corp.’s PlayStation bash in Las Vegas last December. The crowd roars. “And how many came to give Shu Yoshida a hug?” The roar gets even louder. The man in question is ...

Paper watch to test Sony's innovation revamp

| Nov 27, 2014

Paper watch to test Sony's innovation revamp

Sony Corp. is developing a watch made out of electronic paper for release as soon as next year in a trial of the company’s new venture-style approach to creating products, according to people familiar with the matter. The watch’s face and wrist band will ...

Sony breakup 'long overdue,' analysts say

May 19, 2014

Sony breakup 'long overdue,' analysts say

One year and about $2 billion in lost market value later, it may be time for Sony Corp. to take Daniel Loeb’s advice about breaking up. Even after making restructuring attempts, such as the sale of its personal computer division, Sony remains 12 percent ...

Sony PS4 sales top 7 million mark

Apr 17, 2014

Sony PS4 sales top 7 million mark

Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 4 sales are proving a bright spot for Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai, who is cutting costs to spur a revival at a company hit by falling demand for its televisions and cameras. Sales of the $399 video-game console surpassed 7 ...

Line built its empire with surprising speed

Feb 28, 2014

Line built its empire with surprising speed

How do you create a ¥1.5 trillion company in an industry that gives its primary product away? Line Corp. did it by getting smartphone users to pay for teddy bear icons and games with cute cookies and wicked witches. The Tokyo-based messaging application has ...

Sony revision spurs credibility crisis for Hirai

Feb 7, 2014

Sony revision spurs credibility crisis for Hirai

Kazuo Hirai, who took the helm at Sony Corp. two years ago to revive the Japanese icon, is losing credibility with investors who think he’s not up to the job. The chief executive officer pledged when he came in to turn around Sony’s ailing ...

Venture capitalist eyes new $300 million fund

Jan 28, 2014

Venture capitalist eyes new $300 million fund

Gen Isayama grew up in Tokyo and then spent a decade working in the venture-capital business in Northern California. Now he’s starting a $300 million fund aimed at blending the best of Silicon Valley and Japan. The 40-year-old Isayama is chief executive officer of ...

Sony's Hirai mixes camera, phone geeks to catch Apple

Oct 31, 2013

Sony's Hirai mixes camera, phone geeks to catch Apple

For Kazuo Hirai, creating Sony Corp.’s flagship smartphone was too important to be left to the company’s mobile phone experts. Taking aim at a $310 billion market dominated by Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy and Apple Inc.’s iPhone, Sony’s chief executive officer sent dozens of ...