Did you know that the company, Tokyo Telecommunication Engineering (Tōkyō Tsūshin Kōgyō) was founded in 1946? Later, the company changed its name when it found that Americans and Europeans could not pronounce it. They chose the name ‘SONY’; which came from the Latin word ‘sonus’ meaning sound, and the Japanese phrase “Sonny Boy” which described a smart, respectable young man, which the founders thought described them accurately. SONY built the world’s first tape recorder (a device used to record sound) as well as AIBO, the robot pet dog. Currently Sony Corporation’s business interests includes home and professional electronics; film, television, and music production; video games and Play Station game consoles; and finance.
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The founders of Sony are Akio Morita and Masaru Ibuka.
Before the establishment of Tokyo Telecommunication Engineering, Masaru Ibuka founded a workshop in war-time and post-war Japan. They fixed war-damaged radios. After reconnecting with his friend, Akio Morita, they started Tokyo Telecommunication Engineering, with the hope of bolstering the reconstruction of Japan.
The company’s name change did encounter some controversy. Japanese companies seldom used Roman letters to spell their names. Banks associated with Sony also wanted the company to add ‘electronic’ or ‘tech’ to their name, but the founders did not want to tie their company name to just one industry.
Sony Corporation owns one of the largest music and entertainment businesses in the world.