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Encyclopedia > Kazuo Hirai
Kazuo Hirai
Born 1964
Tokyo, Japan
Occupation President & COO, SCEI

Kazuo "Kaz" Hirai (Japanese: 平井 一夫 Hirai Kazuo, born 1964) is the current President and Group Chief Operating Officer of Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. He was ranked by Entertainment Weekly as one of the most powerful executives in the entertainment industry.[1] Tokyo ), the common English name for the Tokyo Metropolis ), is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan and, unique among the prefectures, provides certain municipal services characteristic of a city. ... President is a title held by many leaders of organizations, companies, trade unions, universities, and countries. ... A Chief Operating Officer (COO) is a corporate officer responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the corporation. ... Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. ... President is a title held by many leaders of organizations, companies, trade unions, universities, and countries. ... A Chief Operating Officer (COO) is a corporate officer responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the corporation. ... Sony Computer Entertainment, Incorporated ) (SCEI) is a Japanese video game company specializing in a variety of areas in the video game industry, mostly in video game consoles and is a full subsidiary of Sony Corporation that was established on November 16, 1993 in Tokyo, Japan. ... Entertainment Weekly (sometimes abbreviated EW) is a magazine published by Time Inc. ... The entertainment industry consists of a large number of sub-industries devoted to entertainment. ...

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Early years

Hirai was born in 1964 in Tokyo, Japan. The son of a wealthy banker, Hirai often traveled with his father across the world to California, New York, and Canada and around Japan — a trait which Hirai said noted to be a major factor in his later multi-continental business success. As a child, he was quiet, often entertaining himself with various board games and puzzles. Tokyo ), the common English name for the Tokyo Metropolis ), is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan and, unique among the prefectures, provides certain municipal services characteristic of a city. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... “NY” redirects here. ... A board game is a game played with counters or pieces that are placed on, removed from, or moved across a board (a premarked surface, usually specific to that game). ... A puzzle is a problem or enigma that challenges ingenuity. ...


It was this interest in games that later brought him into the entertainment business. After graduating from the International Christian University in August 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Hirai was hired at the then newly-formed CBS/Sony Inc. (now Sony Music Entertainment), where he was involved in marketing international music within Japan. His hard work and dedication allowed him to rise through the ranks, eventually placing him once again in New York, where he became head of Sony Music Entertainment Japan's international business affairs office. International Christian University ) is a non-denominational private university located in Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan. ... A B.A. issused as a certificate Bachelor of Arts (B.A., BA or A.B.), from the Latin Artium Baccalaureus is an undergraduate bachelors degree awarded for either a course or a program in the liberal arts or the sciences, or both. ... Sony Music Entertainment is a major global record label controlled by the Sony Corporation. ... “Next big thing” redirects here. ... // Music is an art form consisting of sound and silence expressed through time. ... Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. ...


Sony Computer Entertainment

In August 1995, Hirai joined Sony's computer and video game division, Sony Computer Entertainment America.[1] Two years later, in 1997, Hirai was credited on his first completed video game. “Computer and video games” redirects here. ... Sony Computer Entertainment, Incorporated ) (SCEI) is a Japanese video game company specializing in a variety of areas in the video game industry, mostly in video game consoles and is a full subsidiary of Sony Corporation that was established on November 16, 1993 in Tokyo, Japan. ...


PlayStation

Since heading up Sony Computer Entertainment America, Kazuo Hirai has been instrumental in Sony's success. He played a fundamental role in the rise of the PlayStation in the United States, and his methods of cross-promoting of the PlayStation brand took its advertising beyond merely "game" or computer oriented fields. PlayStation advertisements were placed in mainstream sports events such as the NBA, the NFL, the NHL and even NASCAR. This method of marketing has been credited with introducing large numbers of individuals to video games who would ordinarily have not considered purchasing a console. The Sony PlayStation ) is a video game console of the 32/64-bit era, first produced by Sony Computer Entertainment in the mid-1990s. ... “NBA” redirects here. ... NFL redirects here. ... “NHL” redirects here. ... Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ...


With the release of the PlayStation 2 in 2000, Kazuo continued his success, utilizing second-party franchises such as Jak and Daxter, Ratchet & Clank, Sly Cooper SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs and Ico series of games. Under his leadership, SCEA continually managed to retain high profits throughout the sixth generation era. “PS2” redirects here. ... In the video game industry, a second-party developer is a developer who, while being a separate entity from any console manufacturer, is tied to a specific one usually through contract or partial ownership and makes games specifically for that console manufacturer. ... This is a list of video game franchises organised alphabetically by name. ... Jak and Daxter is a video game franchise originally developed by Naughty Dog for the PlayStation 2 that is named after its own protagonists. ... Ratchet & Clank is a platforming and shooting video game for the PlayStation 2. ... Official illustration of Sly Cooper, hero of Sucker Punchs series of platform-adventure games for the PS2. ... SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs is a first-person shooter video game developed by Zipper Interactive and published by Sony Computer Entertainment as an exclusive title for the PlayStation 2. ... Ico (IPA pronunciation: ) is a 2001 action-adventure video game developed by Sony Computer Entertainment and released for the PlayStation 2 video game console. ... The sixth-generation era (sometimes referred to as the 128-bit era; see Number of bits below) refers to the computer and video games, video game consoles, and video game handhelds available at the turn of the 21st century. ...


On July 3, 2006, Sony Computer Entertainment announced that Hirai had been made a vice president of its corporate executive group on July 1, 2006.[2]. is the 184th day of the year (185th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On November 30, 2006, just under two weeks after the launch of PlayStation 3, Kaz Hirai replaced Ken Kutaragi as President of Sony Computer Entertainment. While maintaining his positions at SCEA, Hirai also became chief operating officer of SCEI. Kutaragi himself was promoted to chairman of SCEI, and remained chief executive officer of the group.[3] is the 334th day of the year (335th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The PlayStation 3 , trademarked PLAYSTATION®3,[3] commonly abbreviated PS3) is the third home video game console produced by Sony Computer Entertainment; successor to the PlayStation 2. ... Ken Kutaragi (久夛良木 健 Kutaragi Ken, born August 8, 1950) former Chairman and chief executive officer of Sony Computer Entertainment (SCEI), the video game division of Sony Corporation until his retirement. ... A Chief Operating Officer (COO) is a corporate officer responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the corporation. ...


Notes

  1. ^ a b Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.. Kaz Hirai, President and Chief Executive Officer. Retrieved on 2006-11-30.
  2. ^ Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. (2005-07-03). News of corporate executive affairs (PDF) (Japanese). Retrieved on 2006-11-30.
  3. ^ Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. (2006-11-30). SCE Announces New Management Team (PDF). Retrieved on 2006-11-30.

Sony Computer Entertainment, Incorporated ) (SCEI) is a Japanese video game company specializing in a variety of areas in the video game industry, mostly in video game consoles and is a full subsidiary of Sony Corporation that was established on November 16, 1993 in Tokyo, Japan. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 334th day of the year (335th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Sony Computer Entertainment, Incorporated ) (SCEI) is a Japanese video game company specializing in a variety of areas in the video game industry, mostly in video game consoles and is a full subsidiary of Sony Corporation that was established on November 16, 1993 in Tokyo, Japan. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 184th day of the year (185th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 334th day of the year (335th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Sony Computer Entertainment, Incorporated ) (SCEI) is a Japanese video game company specializing in a variety of areas in the video game industry, mostly in video game consoles and is a full subsidiary of Sony Corporation that was established on November 16, 1993 in Tokyo, Japan. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 334th day of the year (335th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 334th day of the year (335th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Games - Kazuo Hirai (430 words)
Kazuo Hirai was born 1964 in Tokyo, Japan.
Always having had a love of games, Kazuo transferred to Sony's Computer Entertainment Division in 1995; his prior experience with music, art and business meant that he was certainly prepared for the task - it only took until 1997 for the first game to be credited to his name.
Kazuo continued his success with the release of the PlayStation 2
Kazuo Hirai - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (426 words)
Kazuo Hirai was born 1964 in Tokyo, Japan.
Always having had a love of games, Kazuo transferred to Sony's Computer Entertainment Division in 1995; his prior experience with music, art and business meant that he was certainly prepared for the task - it only took until 1997 for the first game to be credited to his name.
Kazuo continued his success with the release of the PlayStation 2, utilizing both previous second party franchises such as Jak and Daxter, Ratchet and Clank, Sly Cooper and SOCOM, as well as introducing new ones, such as the Ico series of games.
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