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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 ...

Tokyo is odds-on favorite for games

Sep 3, 2013

Tokyo is odds-on favorite for games

Tokyo is the odds-on favorite to host the 2020 Olympic Games in the days before the winning city is announced, according to bookmakers. According to OddsChecker.com, a website that gathers online gambling data, Tokyo, which last hosted the Olympics in 1964, has 44 percent ...

Aug 30, 2013

Sony's newest hit tucked away in top smartphones, cameras

Sony Corp. has a hit product on its hands. Apple Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc. will be happy to sell it to you. Sony’s latest star performer isn’t a gadget like the Walkman or PlayStation. Instead, it’s a chip found in ...