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This is Norio Ohga, a top executive with the Sony Corporation who's current title is "Executive Advisor". He is seen here with a painting by a Japanese artist done in 1939 of his friend and colleague Michiko Tanaka, the Japanese actress, opera singer and music professor who introduced Ohga to the Berlin arts and culture scene in the 1930s when Ohga went there to train as an opera singer. This painting is thought to be a depiction of Tanaka as Madame Butterfly. As for Ohga's career with Sony he served as company president and CEO. Born January 29, 1930, he originally trained as an opera singer. After becoming dissatisfied with a Sony tape recorder he wrote a letter to the company criticizing them for the poor quality of the device. As a result management offered him a job. Years later he rose though the ranks to become president of Sony in 1982, and CEO in 1989. In 1994 he succeeded Sony co-founder Akio Morita as Chairman and in 1995 selected Nobuyuki Idei as the company's next president. Idei then became Co-CEO with Ohga in 1998, and in 1999 Idei become the sole CEO. Ohga's career began to wind down in 2000 when he went into semi-retirement but stayed on as Chairman of the Board. In 2003 Ohga retired from the board and became Honorary Chairman. He now serves as an advisor for the company. In addition to training as an opera singer Ohga has also been a conductor studying under the Austrian orchestra and opera conductor Herbert von Karajan. Photo taken April 14, 2008 at the former Sony Headquarters in the Kita Shinagawa district of Tokyo.
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