Jul 23, 2014

Sony to close lithium-ion battery base in Tochigi

Sony Corp. plans to close its design and development base for lithium-ion batteries in Shimotsuke, Tochigi Prefecture, by the end of September, transferring some 40 engineers to a plant in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, sources said. By consolidating lithium-ion battery plants and improving efficiency, Sony ...

Jul 8, 2014

Sony to solicit employees for early retirement

Sony Corp. will solicit applicants for early retirement from its corporate planning and finance sections at its Tokyo headquarters starting in August as it restructures and cuts costs, sources said Tuesday. The program is part of a reform plan unveiled in February that includes ...

Sony completes sale of PC business, splits TV operation

Jul 2, 2014

Sony completes sale of PC business, splits TV operation

Sony Corp. has completed the sale of its Vaio personal computer business to a Tokyo-based investment fund and split its television operation as it restructures to turn around its flagging electronics business. Sony’s Vaio-brand PC business in Japan was transferred to a company named ...

Sony to buy Britain's CSC media group in TV network push

Jun 26, 2014

Sony to buy Britain's CSC media group in TV network push

Sony Corp.’s movie and TV unit will snap up Britain’s CSC media network, adding to a string of acquisitions designed to shift its focus from movies to higher-margin television programing. Sony Pictures Television, the company’s TV programing and network unit, said on Thursday it ...

Jun 25, 2014

Five Japanese firms among top 10 global green brands

U.S. consulting firm Interbrand said Tuesday that five Japanese companies were among the 10 best global green brands in 2014, recognizing their work on tackling environment problems. Ford Motor Co. took the top spot for its commitment to electric vehicles, ousting Toyota Motor Corp., ...

Sony CEO apologizes for another steep loss

Jun 19, 2014

Sony CEO apologizes for another steep loss

Sony Corp. Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai apologized to investors Thursday after the maker of PlayStation consoles and Xperia smartphones projected a sixth loss in seven years. “Sorry that we failed to meet shareholders’ expectations,” Hirai said at the company’s annual meeting in Tokyo. ...

Headsets latest buzz in gaming

Jun 13, 2014

Headsets latest buzz in gaming

by Glenn Chapman

A street luge rider races down a winding mountain road, zips under a truck and through a curve and into the path of an oncoming car. The vulnerable rider whips his upper body to one side in a futile bid to evade impact. The ...

Sony pins hopes on gaming unit to shore up profits

Jun 11, 2014

Sony pins hopes on gaming unit to shore up profits

by Keiichiro Otsuka

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.’s release of a plethora of software titles in the coming month for the PlayStation 4 will be followed closely by its financially struggling parent company. As the 2014 Electronics Entertainment Expo, or E3, opened Tuesday, Sony Corp. is betting that ...

Sony urges vigorous FIFA probe of Qatar World Cup 'bribes'

Jun 8, 2014

Sony urges vigorous FIFA probe of Qatar World Cup 'bribes'

Sony Corp. became the first World Cup sponsor to call for a thorough investigation into accusations bribes were paid to secure the 2022 tournament for Qatar, raising pressure on soccer chiefs who have threatened to move the event if the allegations are proved true. ...

Media eyes trend-setting Sony's loss of momentum

| May 31, 2014

Media eyes trend-setting Sony's loss of momentum

by Mark Schreiber

Let’s travel back 62 years. On the evening of Dec. 4, 1952, after NHK radio signed off its regular AM programming, an announcer proclaimed: “Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo and NHK now commence a joint experimental stereo broadcast.” In principle, stereophonic sound reproduction requires separation of ...

Game on as Sony faces Microsoft in China

May 26, 2014

Game on as Sony faces Microsoft in China

Sony Corp. plans to launch its PlayStation 4 video game console in China, according to its Chinese partner for the project and other sources. Following Microsoft Corp.’s lead, Sony will become the second major foreign company to launch a video game console in China, ...