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Sony High-Tech Plant Prepares for the Next Big OneYasui Takayuki

As major earthquakes could take place anywhere in Japan, they are a significant risk for the country’s high-tech firms. Precision equipment in plants can be easily damaged. Following last year’s earthquakes in Kumamoto Prefecture, a Sony subsidiary is taking action to reduce the potential impact of a future disaster on production.
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Sony to Relaunch Vinyl Record Production (News)

Tokyo, June 29 (Jiji Press)—Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. said Thursday that it will make vinyl records for the first time in nearly 30 years as they are regaining popularity. The company, affiliated with Japanese electronics and entertainment giant Sony Corp., has introduced a pressing machine to cut grooves in records at a Shizuoka Prefecture plant operated by Sony DADC Japan Inc., a …
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Remembering AIBO

A Buddhist memorial service was held in July 2016 for AIBO robots developed by Sony, attesting to the depth of affection that the robotic pets have inspired among their owners. For them, these robots were clearly much more than mechanical devices; they were partners in life and deserving of a ceremony for their remembrance and the repose of their “souls.”
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Timeline for October 2016

Ōsumi Yoshinori wins a Nobel Prize, a powerful earthquake rocks Tottori, and the oldest member of the imperial family passes away. Read on to learn what happened in Japan in October 2016.
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Video Games: A Winning Strategy for JapanHirabayashi Hisakazu

Japan’s video game producers have lost their former global lead. But in some respects the industry is doing fine. Japanese firms would do well to focus on role-playing games, a genre in which they excel.
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Many Ways to Play: A Mobile Game Creator Looks at Global Trends

CEO Sanada Tetsuya of the smartphone game developer KLab offers his take on the direction of the gaming industry in Japan and worldwide.
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Next Up: The Wearable Era?Tsukamoto Masahiko

Amid the arrival of the Apple Watch and a new Microsoft operating system offering access to “augmented reality,” Japanese firms are envisioning new prospects for wearable electronic devices. A longtime advocate discusses these devices and explains why they may be the next big thing.
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Sony Downsizes its AmbitionsTateishi Yasunori

Sony used to be one of the world’s most innovative electronics makers. But over the past decade its fortunes have faded. In a bid to turn things around, the company launched a new three-year plan on February 18. Will the new plan revive Sony, or is it just another step in its steady decline?
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The Trouble with Smartphones: Headaches for Sony, Nintendo, and NTT Docomo

Sony, NTT Docomo, and Nintendo are three of Japan’s best-known companies. But with all three struggling to come to terms with the lucrative smartphone market, the consolidated financial results for the first half of fiscal 2014 (April to September) have left them in the doldrums.

Sony Under Pressure from Chinese-Manufactured Smartphones

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Tokyo Game Show 2014: A Last Chance for Xbox?Jason Coskrey

The Japan launch of Microsoft’s Xbox One console has been met with a response that, even in the kindest terms, is underwhelming. The company was already on shaky footing in the Japanese market after its Xbox 360, the new console’s predecessor, saw flat sales following its December 2005 release. (And even this tepid welcome far outpaced the performance of the original Xbox console in Japan.) Not h…
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