Former Sony Chairman Dies at 81

THERE’S more sad news out of Japan this morning, we’re afraid — Sony is reporting that former chairman Norio Ohga passed away in Tokyo yesterday from multiple organ failure. He was 81 years of age. You may not personally remember a Sony under his reign — Ohga directly helmed the company from 1982 to 1995 after decades of service in product planning. He made the deals that formed Sony Music, paved the way for Sony Pictures and established the very same Sony Computer Entertainment that would birth the PlayStation, and it was he who pushed the optical compact disc standard that all but replaced the magnetic cassettes and diskettes that held portable media. Without him, DVDs and Blu-rays might have fallen by the wayside, and that’s another thought that brings tears to our eyes. The funny thing is, I am typing this on a Sony monitor.

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