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New Sony chief sets goals beyond the horizon

Yoshida prepared to sacrifice short-term results for groundbreaking products

Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida says he is "comfortable without seeing results while in office." (Photo by Taro Yokosawa)

TOKYO -- Sony was once synonymous with innovation, but it has not had a hit like the Walkman or PlayStation in years, a situation CEO Kenichiro Yoshida hopes to turn around by fostering new businesses in fields like artificial intelligence and self-driving cars.

"For the last 10 years, we haven't really laid the groundwork" necessary to develop path-breaking products, Yoshida reflected in an interview with Nikkei and others Wednesday, a day after the company released its midterm management plan.

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