SONY 70th Birthday: Happy Birthday SONY!

Today: by far the strongest profits are not from electronics or Playstation, but from the subsidiary SONY Financial Holdings Inc within Japan SONY 70th Birthday: Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo (Totsuko) was founded on May 7, 1946 SONY celebrates 70th Birthday today – SONY’s predecessor Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo (東京通信工業株式会社), Totsuko (東通工) was founded on May 7, 1946 […]

Japanese electronics parts makers grow, while Japan’s iconic electronics makers stagnate

Japan’s iconic electronics groups combined are of similar size as the economy of The Netherlands Parts makers’ sales may overtake iconic electronics groups in the near future – they have already in terms of profits In the 25th edition of our analysis of Japan’s huge electronics industry sector, we compare the top 8 iconic electronics […]

JVC KENWOOD Chairman: “Speed is like fresh food” – Revitalization of Japanese industry by JVC KENWOOD Chairman Haruo Kawahara (6th Ludwig Boltzmann Symposium)

JVC Kenwood Chairman Haruo Kawahara: Revitalization of Japanese Industry (Representative Director and Chairman of the Board of JVC KENWOOD Corporation) Keynote presented at the 6th Ludwig Boltzmann Symposium on February 20, 2014 at the Embassy of Austria in Tokyo. Background reading: Report on Japan’s electronics industry JVC KENWOOD Corporation was incorporated on October 1, 2008, […]

Steve Jobs and SONY: why do Steven Jobs and SONY reach opposite answers to the same question: what to do with history?

Steve Jobs and SONY: why 180 degrees opposite decisions? Steve Jobs donates history to Stanford University in order to focus on the future Steve Jobs and SONY – when Steve Jobs when returned to Apple in 1996, and now SONY are faced with the same question: what to do about corporate archives and the corporate […]

Japan brand management: Saatchi & Saatchi Japan CEO Philip Rubel talks about Lovemarks in Japan

Japan brand management: brands often work differently in Japan. Saatchi & Saatchi Japan CEO Philip Rubel explains Lovemarks in Japan Philip Rubel, CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi Fallon Tokyo KK gave a talk about “Lovemarks”, a concept in branding developed by Saatchi & Saatchi CEO Kevin Roberts. To understand Japan’s media landscape read the “Japan’s […]

Japan game market disruption: GungHo + DeNA + GREE overtake Japan’s game icons

Japan game market disruption: new smartphone game companies overtake Japan’s game icons like Nintendo in income [日本語版はこちらへ] Since last financial year (ended March 31, 2013), three newcomers (GungHo, DeNA, and GREE) combined achieved higher operating income and higher net income than all 9 iconic Japanese game companies (Nintendo + SONY-Games + SegaSammy + BandaiNamco + […]

Japan game sector disruption

Japan’s iconic game companies (Nintendo, Sony, Sega-Sammy, Bandai-Namco, Konami, Takara-Tomy, Square-Enix, Capcom, Tecmo-Koei) see brutal disruption by smart phone games Japan game sector disruption: Three newcomers (GREE, DeNA and GungHo) achieve higher operating income than all top 9 incumbent game companies combined Japan’s top 9 iconic game companies, Nintendo, Sony, Sega-Sammy, Bandai-Namco, Konami, Takara-Tomy, Square-Enix, […]

Sony earnings boosted by weak yen – BBC interview about SONY earning results

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Japan’s electronics giants – FY2012 results announced. 17 years of no growth and no profits.

Japan’s electronics giants: as large as the economy of Holland, but 17 years of stagnation. No growth & no profits. Daniel Loeb: SONY’s uninvited guest gives Japan’s business culture a jolt Japan’s electronics giants combined are as large as the economy of Holland, but did not grow for about 17 years, and on average lost […]

SONY results for FY2012 (ended March 31, 2013)

SONY’s first profits in 4 years come from selling assets and buildings SONY results for FY2012- BBC interview SONY announced annual financial results today, and BBC interviewed me twice to comment on the results (read comments here on the BBC website). After 4 years of net losses, it is comforting to see SONY report profits […]

Intellectual Japan – BBC: “Japan has to become a brain country” – from mono zukuri to brain country

Intellectual Japan: Japan’s electronics companies need new business models – interview for the BBC The BBC recently examined why Japan’s electronics sector has to create new business models, and quotes “Japan has to become a brain country”. Japan’s top 8 electronics companies combined are as large as the Netherlands economically, but have shown zero growth […]

SONY profits: 56% of profits are from selling life insurance and financial products (manuscript invited by BBC)

Games are 11% of SONY’s sales SONY profits: Currently 56% of SONY’s profits come from selling life insurance and financial products Games are 11% of SONY‘s sales – and currently 56% of SONY profits come from selling life insurance, consumer loans and financial products in Japan. Games are important, but are not going to make […]

Japanese electronics groups need new business models (BBC-interview: Yen ‘not the cause of woes of Japan’s electronics firms’)

Japanese electronics groups combined as of similar size as the economy of the Netherlands Over the last 15 years combined annual sales growth was zero, and combined annual loss was US$ 0.6 billion/year Japan’s “Big-8” electrical groups (Hitachi, Panasonic, Sony, Mitsubishi-Electric, Sharp, Toshiba, Fujitsu, NEC) combined are of similar economic size as the Netherlands. Over […]

SONY revival prospects and shareholder meeting (BBC interview)

SONY needs to leave 1990 structures behind and more more than commodities SONY revival from record YEN 455 billion loss for FY2010 SONY (6758) announced a record YEN 455 Billion (US$ 5.7 Billion) loss for financial year 2011, which ended March 31, 2012, and held the annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday. BBC interviewed me about […]

Future of Video Game Sector (CNBC Airtime: Thurs. Jul. 30 2009)

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Japan’s games sector overtakes electrical sector in income

Japan’s games sector is booming – and net annual income of Japan’s top 9 game companies combined has now overtaken the combined net income of all Japan’s top 19 electronics giants (including Hitachi, Panasonic, SONY, Fujitsu, Toshiba, SHARP… at the top, and ROHM, Omron… further down the ranking list). Why does it make sense to […]

Japan electronics groups: global benchmarking

Japan electronics groups have far lower income/profits than EU or US comparable corporations Ripe for drastic reform and transformation: 18 years no growth and almost no profits Lets look at global benchmarking of Japan’s top electrical groups Panasonic and Hitachi (representative of Japan’s top ten electrical giants) – in our previous blog we suggested that […]

Japan’s electronics companies & the crisis

Japan’s top 20 electronics companies combined are about as large as The Netherlands economically, and have big impact on the world economy. Our analysis shows how dramatically Japan’s electronics companies have been hit by the current crisis (except for Nintendo). We suggest that full recovery to 2008 (FY2007) levels may take until 2016 – about […]

More Drastic Changes Needed at Sony (CNBC TV interview)

SONY needs drastic changes: from commodities to networks and communities More Drastic Changes Needed at Sony (CNBC Airtime: Thursday, May 14, 2009) Read more about SONY and Japan’s electrical industry sector in our J-ELECTRIC report (pdf file) Read our report on Japan’s electronics industry sector: [buy][subscribe][preview on slideshare][more info] Copyright (c) 2013 Eurotechnology Japan KK […]

Foggy Outlook for Global Tech Sector (CNBC TV interview)

Foggy Outlook for Global Tech Sector (Airtime: Tues. Feb. 10 2009) Read more about Japan’s electrical sector: http://www.eurotechnology.com/store/j_electric/ Japan electronics industries – mono zukuri. Preview this report: Register and receive an email with a link to a free trial version of our report on “Japan electronics industries” and our newsletters. Copyright (c) 2013 Eurotechnology Japan […]

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