Friday, December 5, 2014

SONY origin

SONY's First Tape Recorder [copied from the German invention]  [Wikipedia]

A discussion arose recently over unusual names of companies. Among those named was SONY, a strange name for an electronics firm created in post-war Japan by two engineers in the Japanese Army Signal Corps.

Having researched this historical anomaly as a subset of US private investment in developing countries, we thought it might be worth sharing for our vast, global readership.

SONY's explanation for its name is that it derives from the Latin term SONAR [sound]. The firm was reportedly formed after WW2 by two Japanese Signal Corps engineers who supposedly developed the tape recorder.

1) Neither engineer had any education in Latin, so using a Latin derivative term by Japanese engineers makes no sense.

2) The tape recorder [AEG 'Magnetophon' high-fidelity recorder] was developed in the 1930s by German engineers, and following WW2 was hustled back to the US for exploitation by US Signal Corps folks, along with reels of magnetic tape.

[Hundreds of such highly sophisticated German inventions, to include a "charged particle beam" for downing aircraft were brought back to the US after WW2 for commercial exploitation. The charged particle beam was never fully deciphered until the late 1970s by US Defense engineers.]

In reality, the Rockefellers, were heavy investors in China prior to WW1, and saw the strategic investment opportunities in post-WW2 Japan and funded, through their Asia subsidiary, Socony, a number of start-ups with technology recovered from Germany, 
e.g., the "Magnetophon".

Socony [i.e., Standard Oil Company of New York] was too obvious and visible a linkage, given that Standard Oil had lost its monopoly through Teddy Roosevelt's highly publicized "trust busting". So, they shortened the name of the new electronic magnetic tape recording company to
SONY [i.e., Standard Oil of New York].