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  • Tokyo, Japan
    Tuesday May 7, 1946

    Sony Corporation

    Founding

    Tokyo, Japan
    Tuesday May 7, 1946

    Sony began in the wake of World War II. In 1946, Masaru Ibuka started an electronics shop in a department store building in Tokyo. The company started with a capital of ¥190,000 and a total of eight employees.




  • Tokyo, Japan
    Tuesday May 7, 1946

    Sony Corporation

    Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo

    Tokyo, Japan
    Tuesday May 7, 1946

    On 7 May 1946, Ibuka was joined by Akio Morita to establish a company called Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo (Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation).The company built Japan's first tape recorder, called the Type-G. In 1958, the company changed its name to "Sony".




  • Tokyo, Japan
    Tuesday May 7, 1946

    Akio Morita

    Founding Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha (SONY)

    Tokyo, Japan
    Tuesday May 7, 1946

    On May 7, 1946, Ibuka founded Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha (Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation, the forerunner of Sony Corporation) with about 20 employees and initial capital of ¥190,000. Ibuka was 38 years old. Morita, 25 years old joined Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha shortly after its inception, with Morita's family investing in Sony during the early period and being the largest shareholder.




  • Japan
    Saturday Nov 23, 1946

    Thanksgiving

    Labor Thanksgiving Day

    Japan
    Saturday Nov 23, 1946

    Labor Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in Japan. It takes place annually on November 23. The law establishing the holiday, which was adopted during the American occupation after World War II, cites it as an occasion for commemorating labor and production and giving one another thanks. It has roots in the ancient Shinto harvest ceremony (Niiname-sai).




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