Sorry, but can anyone provide a good reason why Sharp should still be in business?
As Japan Inc. icons go, the beleaguered tech giant counts as borderline royalty. Founded in 1912, the year Emperor Meiji, whose reforms transformed Japan from feudal state to capitalist power, died, Sharp was among the core engines of the nation’s global ambitions. In 1964, Japanese reveled in Sharp’s introduction of the first transistor calculator just in time for the Tokyo Olympics — the nation’s post-World War II return to the global stage. In 1997, the Osaka-based star gave the world the first commercial camera phone, inspiring Steve Jobs in California.
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