Akio Morita was born in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan. Morita’s family was involved in sake, miso and soy sauce production in the village of Kosugaya (currently a part of Tokoname City) on the western coast of Chita Peninsula in Aichi Prefecture since 1665. He was the oldest of four siblings and his father Kyuzaemon trained him as a child to take over the family business. Akio, however, found his true calling in mathematics and physics, and in 1944 he graduated from Osaka Imperial University with a degree in physics. He was later commissioned as a sub-lieutenant in the Imperial Japanese Navy, and served in World War II. During his service, Morita met his future business partner Masaru Ibuka in the Navy’s Wartime Research Committee.
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- Business Partner: Masaru Ibuka
Ibuka graduated from Waseda University in 1933, he then went to work at Photo-Chemical Laboratory, a company which processed movie film, and later served in the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II, being a member of the Imperial Navy Wartime Research Committee.
- Walkman, First personal stereo cassette player
The Walkman, designed by Masaru Ibuka and Akio Morita, founders of the consumer electronics manufacturer Sony KK of Tokyo, Japan.
- Transistor portable television
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- The Pocket Transistor Radio
First introduced in 1957, was a Pocket Transistor Radio manufactured by Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo (Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation, now Sony KK).
- Japanese company to sell stock on United States stock exchanges
Sony KK, was the first Japanese company to sell stock on United States stock exchanges.
Co-founder of Sony
January 26, 1921
Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
October 3, 1999
- Akio Morita – Wikipedia
Akio Morita (盛田 昭夫 Morita Akio, January 26, 1921 – October 3, 1999) was a Japanese businessman and co-founder of Sony along with Masaru Ibuka.
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Morita was the co-founder of entertainment and electronics giant Sony Corporation.
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Akio Morita (born 1921), along with a few other entrepreneurs, embodied the postwar recovery and growth of Japanese industry. Morita and Sony Corporation, which he cofounded with Masaru Ibuka, challenge conventional notions about Japan’s “economic miracle.”
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Akio Morita, the co-founder of the Sony Corporation who personified Japan’s rise from postwar rubble to industrial riches and became the unofficial ambassador of its business community to the world, died on Sunday in Tokyo.
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Akio Morita, the co-founder of the Sony Corporation who has died aged 78, was best known outside Japan as the man who gave the world the Walkman.
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Akio Morita was a businessman best known as the co-founder of Sony. With the desire to do something great and something different he established Sony Corporation in the U.S. He is credited for creating several of the Sony products.