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      The rise of the humble chief risk officer

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    1. February 1, 2016

      Adele and James Bond boost Sony profits and buoy shares

      Investors in Sony added $3.3bn to its market value on Monday, sending shares up 12 per cent after the company reported...

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      January 26, 2016

      Sony bags $212m Internet of Things chip maker

      Sony Corporation has paid $212m for an Israeli technology company with specialist software which the Japanese...

    3. January 13, 2016

      SoundCloud signs deal with Universal Music Group

      SoundCloud has struck a licensing deal with Universal Music Group, a critical agreement that will make it easier for...

    4. January 5, 2016

      CES 2016: HTC tweaks virtual reality headset to give ‘room scale’

      HTC is making eleventh-hour improvements to its forthcoming virtual reality headset as it looks to trump rivals Sony...

    5. January 5, 2016

      CES 2016: Tech sector eyes virtual reality to fill sales gap

      Consumer tech companies will have to rely on new categories such as virtual reality gear and smarthome products for...

    6. December 22, 2015

      Toshiba: ageing ungracefully

      If wisdom comes with age, Japan’s Toshiba should have a pretty high corporate IQ. Established in 1875, Toshiba is much...

    7. December 10, 2015

      Panasonic spins revival with Technics turntables

      Half a century after its birth, Panasonic is looking to revive an audio brand once favoured by hip-hop pioneer Kool...

    8. December 4, 2015

      Toshiba and Fujitsu eye PC tie-up

      Toshiba and Fujitsu are eyeing a merger of their struggling laptop businesses in Japan’s latest attempt to salvage its...

    9. November 8, 2015

      Global car groups compete for Japan tech hires

      A cross-sector hiring war has erupted in Japan as heavyweights in the global auto parts industry compete to snatch top...

    10. October 29, 2015

      Sony back in black in sign Kazuo Hirai’s turnround bearing fruit

      Sony has swung to a first half net profit of Y116bn ($960m) in the latest sign that chief executive Kazuo Hirai’s...

    11. October 27, 2015

      Sony could take early virtual reality lead over Oculus

      Sony’s PlayStation VR is poised to take an early lead over Facebook’s Oculus Rift in a virtual-reality headset market...

    12. October 27, 2015

      Daniel Loeb’s Third Point takes stake in Japan’s Seven & i

      Daniel Loeb, the US activist investor, has acquired a stake in Seven & i Holdings and called on the Japanese retailer...

    13. October 20, 2015

      Government fund urges Japan auto industry shake-up

      The head of a Japanese government investment fund and a shareholder in a key Apple supplier is looking to trigger a...

    14. October 15, 2015

      BMG scores big hit with Janet Jackson album

      Janet Jackson completed a remarkable career comeback this week when, after seven years out of the spotlight, she landed...

    15. October 8, 2015

      Sony eyes sale of stake in Michael Jackson tie-up

      Michael Lynton, chief executive of Sony Entertainment, has told staff that the company is deciding whether to sell its...

    16. October 6, 2015

      French workers’ guide to battling business

      This week, Air France workers broke new ground in the world of French worker protests, as they attempted — with some...

    17. September 23, 2015

      Facebook launches immersive ‘360 video’

      Facebook has launched a new type of video that will take its users one step closer to the immersive experience of...

    18. September 17, 2015

      Amazon takes aim at Apple in battle for the living room

      Amazon is not giving up on making its own devices despite abandoning its slow-selling Fire smartphone earlier this...

    19. September 3, 2015

      Technology: Sony rewired

      Nearly 70 years since Akio Morita and his partner Masaru Ibuka launched a tiny electric engineering firm inside a...

    20. September 3, 2015

      Apple smartwatch rivals turn back the fashion clock

      Apple’s rivals in the smartwatch market have hit on a new idea to win over consumers: make devices that look like...

    21. September 2, 2015

      Sony looks at adding cars to growth drive

      As Google and Apple weigh a move into building cars, Sony is open to a tie-up with a traditional carmaker to capture...

    22. August 28, 2015

      ‘The Silo Effect’, by Gillian Tett

      There is no principle more fundamental to the market economy than the division of labour. It is the subject of the very...

    23. August 7, 2015

      Activist investors learn to mind their manners

      It is enough to flummox the most advanced student of stylometry; enough, even, to confound a computer programmed with...

    24. August 5, 2015

      Sony CFO looks to turn company away from cuts to growth

      For most of the past decade, employees of Sony sweated over where the job axe would fall next as sales declined in...

    25. July 30, 2015

      Sony profits soar on booming demand for image sensors

      Sony saw a threefold increase in its first-quarter profits as booming demand for image sensors used in Apple’s iPhones...

    26. July 28, 2015

      Cyber insecurity: When 95% isn’t good enough

      Two weeks after hackers broke into Sony Pictures’ computer systems, deleting important company files and exposing...

    27. July 16, 2015

      Accounting scandal set to shake up Toshiba

      Anonymous tips about Toshiba’s accounting to Japanese securities watchdogs have ignited a scandal that stretches back...

    28. July 15, 2015

      Nintendo’s wizards put the magic into video games

      About a decade ago, Bobby Kotick, chief executive of the video games company Activision Blizzard, flew to Kyoto to...

    29. June 30, 2015

      Sony: eyes this way

      Toddlers think that if they close their eyes they can’t be seen. Companies, too: they direct the market’s gaze at what...

    30. June 30, 2015

      Sony to raise up to $3.6bn as growth engine revs up

      Sony has outlined plans to raise as much as Y440bn ($3.6bn) via a public share issuance — its first in more than a...

    31. June 26, 2015

      Sony chief Hirai re-elected after year of challenges

      Kazuo Hirai, Sony chief executive, won a solid vote of confidence in his turnround strategy, as shareholders looked...

    32. June 23, 2015

      Hulu deal with Showtime to offer internet video service

      Hulu, the online streaming company, has struck a deal with Showtime to offer the premium cable channel’s new internet...

    33. June 22, 2015

      Japan Inc braces itself for tough annual meetings season

      Japanese companies including Sharp, Sony and Nissan may be in for a rough ride this week as investors emboldened by new...

    34. May 28, 2015

      Three action cameras competing to stay in the picture

      The standalone camera is in danger. With hundreds of millions of us buying a new smartphone every year, the number of...

    35. May 14, 2015

      Sharp warns on ability to stay afloat after $1.9bn loss

      Sharp undertakes another restructuring Sharp, a century-old stalwart of corporate Japan, has unveiled an annual loss of...

    36. May 11, 2015

      Sharp: screen test

      Sometimes the best course of action is to do nothing. In the case of Sharp this is untrue. And true at the same time....

    37. April 30, 2015

      Sony says it will return to profit for first time in three years

      Sony believes it will bounce back to profit for the first time in three years but the Japanese electronics and...

    38. April 30, 2015

      Amazon and Google join music rights group

      Amazon, Google and Pandora have joined forces with radio stations, restaurants and other music distributors to push...

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