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    1. December 7, 2014

      Japan’s titans slim down and fight back

      When Panasonic announced last September it would sell a majority stake in its healthcare business to KKR, the US private...

    2. October 31, 2014

      Sony to pull back from Chinese mobile market

      Sony is to pull back significantly from the Chinese mobile market and appoint a new executive to head its mobile division as...

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      Among investors, Japan is often still seen as the spiritual home of the flabby conglom...
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    1. September 19, 2014

      Kazuo Hirai struggles to reignite Sony’s spark

      It was another deep bow of contrition from Kazuo Hirai, a sight so common that it is becoming a fixture of Sony’s hastily...

    2. September 18, 2014

      Sony looks to PlayStation to ride to the rescue

      Sony’s pullback in the global smartphone battle offers one silver lining. Now, it can at least focus on the remaining pillar...

    3. September 17, 2014

      Sony rethinks smartphone strategy amid mounting losses

      Sony’s decade-long restructuring has already claimed the units that produced televisions and PCs among its victims. Now,...

    4. FT Alphaville

      September 17, 2014

      Sony, 56 years later

      Sony says it won't pay a dividend this year for the first time since it listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 1958. #yikes —...

    5. September 17, 2014

      Sony warns of $2bn full-year loss

      Sony, the ailing Japanese consumer electronics company, said it would not pay a dividend this year for the first time since...

    6. July 31, 2014

      Sony: random walk

      Sony has produced another shocker. This time, however, the surprise was a good one. On Thursday, the company delivered net...

    7. May 26, 2014

      Sony’s chief to change sprawling group’s script

      Kazuo Hirai spent an enjoyable afternoon at Sony Pictures last year plotting the course of a careering aircraft in The...

    8. February 7, 2014

      Letter from Lex: From Sony to Satya – tech’s on the move

      Readers, tankers, so we are always told, take an age to turn round. So it was gratifying this week to see two of the big...

    9. February 6, 2014

      Sony sheds PCs as it warns on profits

      Sony’s empire Sony, once the world’s premier consumer technology brand, has admitted defeat in its battle to revive two of...

    10. February 6, 2014

      Sony presses fast-forward on restructuring

      Sony’s empire After nearly two years at the helm, Kazuo Hirai is getting tough. The restructuring announcements made by the...

    11. February 6, 2014

      Sony: hitting delete on Vaio

      At last. Sony has hit ctrl+alt+del. Its planned sale of its Vaio PC business is the first concrete sign in more than a...

    12. November 15, 2013

      PS4 and Xbox vie to dominate living room

      Earlier this year, executives from Sony and Microsoft drew a clear battle line between their two new games consoles: the...

    13. November 1, 2013

      Kazuo Hirai faces tough battle to heal Sony

      When Kazuo Hirai was deciding what to do with his life following university in Tokyo, his obsession with technology saw him...

    14. FT Alphaville

      August 6, 2013

      The Closer

      FURTHER FURTHER READING - Helicopter drops as insurance against central bank incompetence. - Howard Marks on the confidence...

    15. August 6, 2013

      Sony: clinging to the family silver

      Thank you, but we’ll hold on to the family silver. Daniel Loeb has joined the long line of activist investors rebuffed by...

    16. August 6, 2013

      Sony rebuffs Daniel Loeb’s push for entertainment spin-off

      Shares in Sony tumbled 5 per cent on Tuesday after the Japanese group rebuffed a proposal by Daniel Loeb, the activist US...

    17. July 19, 2013

      Sun Valley: the ultimate dress-down showcase

      It’s been almost a week but I am still processing the succession of outfits that appeared on the great and good at the...

    18. June 20, 2013

      Sony plays for time on Loeb’s spin-off proposal

      Sony’s chief executive told shareholders on Thursday that he was in no hurry to rule on a proposal by the Japanese group’s...

    19. June 18, 2013

      Third Point’s Dan Loeb steps up pressure on Sony

      Daniel Loeb, the US hedge fund manager who is urging Sony to spin off its film and music arm, has stepped up pressure on the...

    20. May 22, 2013

      Sony board discusses partial sell-off of film and music arm

      Sony’s board of directors is discussing a proposal by the company’s largest investor to sell off part of its film and music...

    21. May 15, 2013

      Inside Business: Letter gives Hirai chance to change Sony

      Daniel Loeb’s tilt at Sony has achieved one goal already. As the activist investor quietly built his $1.1bn stake in the...

    22. May 14, 2013

      Activist makes his point to Sony

      There used to be few surer ways of losing money in the investing world than undertaking an activist campaign in Japan. On...

    23. May 14, 2013

      Loeb puts pressure on Sony to revitalise

      In one of the clearest signs yet that Japan’s expansionist monetary policies are fuelling a surge of interest in the country...

    24. FT Alphaville

      May 14, 2013

      Sony to Loeb: 'Thanks, but no thanks Dan'

      That’s the gist of Sony’s response to billionaire activist investor Daniel Loeb’s suggestion, made via hand-delivered...

    25. May 1, 2013

      Sony leadership to forgo bonuses after broken promise on profits

      Forty of Sony’s top executives, including Kazuo Hirai, the chief executive, are to give up bonuses worth between 30 and 50...

    26. April 9, 2013

      Lynton deal quells Sony Entertainment sale talk

      Michael Lynton has signed a new deal to stay as chief executive of Sony Entertainment, a move that should quell speculation...

    27. March 9, 2013

      Stringer announces retirement from Sony

      Sir Howard Stringer, who became chief executive of Sony in 2005 and stepped back to be chairman of the board last April,...

    28. FT Tech Hub

      February 20, 2013

      Playstation 4: What to expect

      The speculation will soon be over. After months of waiting, Sony is set to announce details of its next generation...

    29. January 8, 2013

      Sony vows comeback with TV

      As Samsung reported record profits again on Tuesday, driven by its smartphone business, its Japanese rival Sony was still...

    30. FT Tech Hub

      January 8, 2013

      CES 2013 - Sony backs 4K like it's 3D

      Sony has announced new TVs, content and distribution services for the Ultra HD standard it refers to as 4K, where screens...

    31. November 8, 2012

      Sony network strategy chief quits

      Sony’s network strategy chief, Tim Schaaff, who was headhunted from Apple as part of Sony’s effort to compete with the US...

    32. FT Tech Hub

      August 31, 2012

      4K is the new 3D for Sony

      Sony’s huge push into 3D led by Sir Howard Stringer has dominated its announcements at recent consumer electronics shows on...

    33. August 30, 2012

      Sony aims for European smartphone market

      Kazuo Hirai, chief executive of Sony, has conceded the consumer electronics company is being forced by limited resources to...

    34. FT Tech Hub

      August 23, 2012

      Sony gets its pruning shears out

      It has not been a great week for Sony employees, as the Japanese consumer electronics group carries out some late-summer...

    35. August 2, 2012

      Sony – back to old habits

      “What is real?” asks the advertising for Total Recall , Sony’s remake of the 1990 film released on Friday. Well, profits are...

    36. June 5, 2012

      Sony cuts pay of top seven executives

      Sony’s seven most senior executives including the president and chairman will forgo bonuses for the previous financial year...

    37. May 16, 2012

      Time for Sony to face the music

      Sony is on a roll. No, not the electronics division you once bought your Walkman, PlayStation and Bravia from. That – with...

    38. May 10, 2012

      Sony

      At Sony’s results presentation on Thursday, one analyst looked beyond the usual obsession with nerdish details and actually...

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