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Sunday, October 3, 1999 Published at 03:14 GMT 04:14 UK

World: Asia-Pacific

Sony co-founder dies

The co-founder of the Japanese electronics company, Sony, Akio Morita, has died in Tokyo at the age of seventy-eight.

He started Sony with a friend Masaru Ibuka in a bombed out shop in 1946 in the aftermath of the second world war making gadgets like rice cookers.

They soon turned their attentions to producing tape recorders and Mr Morita helped Sony grow into one of the world's leading electronic and computer entertainment firms pioneering inventions such as the Walkman.

Under his guidance Sony became a multi-billion dollar conglomerate. He retired as the chairman of Sony in 1994 - a year after a stroke that left him in a wheelchair although he stayed on as honorary chairman.

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