AS THE ELDEST CHILD, Akio Morita was meant to take over the family’s 300-year-old brewing business. But his love of the family’s phonograph led instead to a fascination with the latest technology of the day. Morita studied physics at Osaka University, and when the Second World War started, enlisted with the Japanese Imperial Navy, where he found himself working on technology for heat-seeking weapons alongside Masaru Ibuka.
When the war ended, Ibuka invited Morita to join him in starting a new company. The venture, called Tokyo Tele communications Engineering Corporation, would be renamed Sony, and soon became ...
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