Akio Morita

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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Name(s):
      Akio Morita
Occupation:
      Co-founder of Sony
Birth:
      January 26, 1921
      Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Death:
      October 3, 1999
      Tokyo, Japan
Spouse:
      Yoshiko Kamei


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