History of Sony

Sony was founded in 1946 and their first product for consumers was a rice cooking machine. From that, they started to grow and built their first transistor factory in Gotenyama where they created their first portable radios.

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Sony portable radio TR-63 in 1957.

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A shop selling Sony products in the 60s.

Sony was growing very fast, they needed to find a new localization for their next factory. They decided to built it in Astugi, a little rural village near Yokohama. I lived in Atsugi next to that factory during 2005, it was fun to see masses of Sony employees moving around in the morning and afternoon. The Atsugi factory was the biggest semiconductor factory in the world, it was even bigger that the ones that Texas Instruments had in the US.

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Sony factory in 1960.

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I took this picture in 2005, this is how the factory looks like nowadays.

Thanks to this Sony factory, Atsugi became a big city and many big companies decided to place there R&D centers and factories there. For example Nissan, Ricoh, Ntt, Canon or Asahi Kasei have research centers in Atsugi. I worked for Asahi Kasei, building speech recognition systems for car navy devices.

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This is a picture I took from my work place in Atsugi. You can see factories and rice fields mixed with factories and Mount Fuji at the horizon.

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This is another picture showing Atsugi’s south-east area.


This is a video taken near the Atsugi’s Sony factory entrance.

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Main entrance

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Sony from a garden near the factory.

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Sony people lives in those sad buildings, it’s a Sony dormitory.

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Grocery shop next to the Sony factory.

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Ibuka and Morita, the Sony founders as seen in the “History of Sony” website.

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9 Comments
  • atrix

    November 1, 2007 at 9:41 pm

    Nice review on SONY history ..

  • sheerblade

    November 2, 2007 at 10:44 am

    I love how that one picture shows where the love hotels are. 😀

  • Pedro

    November 2, 2007 at 7:45 pm

    To sheerblade:

    Every highway in japan will have at least some 5 love hotels at EVERY exit 🙂

  • Secret Man

    November 27, 2007 at 2:50 pm

    Next Time Don’t show the pink Box: Inside Japans Sex Clubs. You can really see the two chicks boobs. I mean kids can get on these websites. You people are just sick. I also maskivated at the picture too, thank you.

  • Secret Man

    November 27, 2007 at 2:52 pm

    To find this picture, scroll up a little bit and look to the left. It will just make you horny.

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  • zacky

    March 3, 2008 at 9:12 am

    wow. nice pictures of your place in japan. i reading about sony alot for my business projects in school and i never actually seen real pictures like that. thank you for posting them 🙂

    I’ve only been to the japanese airport in narita and i didn’t know japan looked nice 🙂

  • angus

    March 13, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    that’s a great picture on this history of sony..

  • mark

    May 18, 2008 at 6:41 am

    when I have a maney iI’ll bay every thing of sony