Today Japan is one of the most important electronics producing countries in the world and behind this success lies, among others, the great hand of technology giant Sonya. Today Sony is one of the world’s largest electronics manufacturers. Sony was founded in 1946 by Japanese businessman and engineer Masaru Ibuka. Sony Corporation is one of the largest players in the consumer electronics market and ranks second in the world in the electronics sector, after Matsushita Electric Corporation, and Ibuka is rightly benefiting from the company’s great success.
Today we will talk about some aspects and phases of Sony’s co-founder Masaru Ibuki in this article.
BEGINNING OF LIFE MASARU IBUKA
Masaru Ibuka was born in 1908 in Nikko, Japan. He studied at Waseda University’s School of Science and Engineering and was nicknamed a brilliant inventor thanks to his intelligent and innovative spirit. He graduated from the University of Waseda in 1933 and also received an award at an exhibition in Paris for his invention of a modulated light transmission system. After his graduation he worked in the photochemical laboratory, where he recorded and developed films. During the Second World War he served in the Imperial Japanese Navy, where he was a member of the Imperial Navy War Research Committee. During his time in the Navy he met Akio Morita, with whom he founded the so-called Sonya.
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MASARU IBUKA FOUNDED THE SON AND BROUGHT THE COMPANY TO.
In 1946, researchers Ibuka and Morita founded the Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha (Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation, or TTK) with a capital of 190,000 yen and only eight employees in total.
The first Japanese tape recorder called Type – G was produced by Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation, and after the great success of the transistor radios and recorders, the company was renamed SONY in 1958.
The following year Ibuka announced that it had developed a transistor television, which was introduced in 1960. In the same year, after a commercial dispute with Delmonico International, Morita became responsible for international sales, Sony opened a sales office in New York and another in Switzerland, Sony Overseas.
Masaru Ibuka also established a subsidiary called Sony Chemicals in 1962 to produce adhesives and plastics to reduce dependence on external suppliers and take the company to new heights. In 1965, a joint venture was established with Tektronix for the production of oscilloscopes in Japan. Also in 1968 Sony Overseas opened a sales office in England and entered into an agreement with CBS Inc. to form a joint venture for the production of sound recordings.
Until 1970 Sony was represented in almost all major markets in the world. If you look at the market, another very popular device that came on the market in 1971 was a U-Matic three-quarter inch VCR. In 1975 Sony developed its first VCR for the consumer market, the Betamax.
Ibuka was president of Sony from 1950 to 1971 and then from 1971 until his retirement in 1976. He led the company for almost 30 years and established himself as the sunny brand that manages the production of electronics.
OTHER ASPECTS OF LIFE – FAMILY, HONOURS AND DECORATIONS, BOOKS
Masaru Ibuka was a man of high scientific temperament and received many awards and distinctions for his contribution to the technology industry, not only in Japan but all over the world.
In 1960 Ibuka was awarded the Blue Ribbon Medal of Honour and in 1978 he received the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Holy Treasury. In 1986, Ibuka was awarded the Great Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun. In the same year he received the Order of First Class Knighthood of the Royal Order of the Northern Star of Sweden, in 1989 Ibuka received the title of Cultural Merit and in 1992 the Order of Cultural Merit.
Ibuka received honorary doctorates from Sofia University in Tokyo in 1976, Waseda University in Tokyo in 1979, and Brown University in the United States in 1994. The IEEE awarded him the IEEE Founders’ Medal in 1972 and named the IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award after him in 1987.
Ibuka was chairman of the National Council of Japanese Scouts. In 1991 he was awarded the Bronze Wolf by the World Organization of the Scout Movement. In 1989 he also won the highest prize of the Japan Scouts Association – the Golden Pheasant.
Masaru Ibuka married Sekiko Madaina in 1936. The couple had two daughters and a son. Ibuka is also the author of the book Kindergarten – too late in 1971. Ibuka died of a heart attack on December 19, 1997.
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