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Something else profoundly happened in Japan in September 1945

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On September 2, 1945, Japan formally surrendered.

 

IJN engineer Masaru Ibuka, who worked in communications equipment, now becomes ex-IJN, discharged and jobless.  With little on his pocket, an economy on shambles, he and 20 other ex-IJN engineers banded together to set up a small company on the second floor of a partially bombed department store in Tokyo, with the purpose of repairing radios.  There isn't a lot of civilian radios in Japan, people were very poor, his market was more likely American soldiers occupying Japan at that time who brought their own radios.  While his business was to repair radios, his dream was to build and sell radios eventually for the Japanese people.

 

News of his venture and his vision attracted the attention of a fellow ex-IJN colleague and engineer, Akio Morita, who Masaru met during the war.  Morita was interested with Ibuka's venture, and Morita himself, coming from a wealthier family, offered capital to Ibuka to join him in his venture and became his partner.  The company was named TTK, or Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo, which stands for Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation.  

 

Not too long after, the company made the first tape recorder in Japan in 1948.   Years later, Ibuka would later travel to the United States, and gained a license for transistor technology from Bell Laboratories.   Using this new technology, he would went on to design and build Japan's first transistor radio.

 

The name for the radio was unusual, but the name for this device, called "Sony", was probably a combination of the Latin word, Sonus, which means sound, and "Sonny", which Masaru may have frequently heard from Americans referring to boys and younger men.

 

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The radio proved to be tremendously successful.  The rest would be history.

 

 

 

 

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Hmm I thought the story was somebody on a B-29 sawed a radio in half and threw it out the plane and it landed on some Japanese fishing boat in which the fisherman miraculously got it to work good as new.

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Ah Sony. How the mighty have fallen. back in the later half of the 20th century and early millenium, they were the darlings of the tech world with electronic gadgets everywhere. The only reason they still maintain relevance nowadays is because of Playstation.

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4 hours ago, Super_Dreadnought said:

Ah Sony. How the mighty have fallen. back in the later half of the 20th century and early millenium, they were the darlings of the tech world with electronic gadgets everywhere. The only reason they still maintain relevance nowadays is because of Playstation.

 

 

They are still a 77 billion dollar a year business.  Of course, a lot of it is in Playstation, but they still have a TV division.  They have a camera and imaging sensor division, and that's doing well.  

 

Back in 1945, what would be the biggest electronics company that the world will ever see, is merely a small company trading dried fish and noodles somewhere in South Korea.  

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