Howard Stringer is the bossman at Sony, running the show. He's not Japanese, but a Welsh-born American. And according to one former Sony exec, a foreigner never should have run the company.
thats kind of racist
It's not racist. It's Yamato.
Agree, don't think nationality or race has anything to do with gaming.
Actually, it does. Certain games appeal to different audiences and cultures...and thats something to note when you want to market a videogame. The MonsterHunter series sells buttloads in Japan...not so much in America. So it would be wise to concentrate on marketing in Japan.
It's Xenophobia, yes. However, how do you think Americans' would feel if a Punjabi or Hindu took over Ford? Or a Chinese-American stepped up to run Chrysler? Look a the massive shit-storm and PR nightmare that went down when people suspected that Obama was a Muslim. I'm multi-ethnic and consider myself pretty open minded and liberal (gay brother, don't racially identify myself), but I'm still aware that people have their prejudices. Edit: rjdofu, this isn't about gaming, it's about running Sony. Oh, and I think Howard did a bang up job, btw. Steered the company through a recession and really cut the fat and mixed up the old guard. I was just trying to offer insight on the original story with the above. I don't agree with any of it, personally.
Here's the kicker... China practically owns the United States with the massive debt they owe them. So ask Americans how they feel about that LOL
"Look a the massive shit-storm and PR nightmare that went down when people suspected that Obama was a Muslim." That has more to do with fear of terrorism that happens to be linked with select Muslims. If there is one country in the world as open to foreign ownership, it is the US. Ask the Chinese if they would let you own a piece of their corporations? Ask the companies that have invested into China and see what happened to them? Let me just summarize it for you, they are all citing lack of control, return on investment is poor, unfair competition and they are making plans to pull out! That is because the Chinese government puts their stinking hands in everything. By the way, I'm part Chinese so no racism intended here! If you look at foreign leadership (read non-caucausian), US probably leads the pack other than countries where the majority of the population isn't Caucasian. This to me is just the mindset of the Japanese... do everything to support your own country. We should do that in the US and the economy wouldn't have been so sh!tty here.
Why do you think Xbox sales suck in Japan? It's because they don't like or want American products. Everywhere in the world is either racist, or against whatever Nation they don't live in. USA is the only place that tries to be politically correct. And tries to make everyone happy. Everywhere else though, they keep it real, and tell you how they feel.
Yup, and I call it stupidity by our leaders! Oh, when will our corrupt government stop... alright I'm going to stop ranting go back to doing nothing about it and play some video games or something this evening.
Xbox also sucks in France, Germany, Spain, Finland, Switzerland, Italy, South Korea, Denmark, Belgium, etc...why don't they want American products? Maybe because the product isn't better than the competition?
300 million people in the states (roughly) I would say at least 100 million would disagree with your statement and be either protectionist, isolationist, or racist. America accepts the products of other nations because their Cheaper. If you gave an American the option between a foreign or domestic product and they were the same price they would pick domestic. And the politically correct bullshit can be seen in other nations (Canada,U.K.,New Zealand,Germany) that being said Japan (I lived their) is friendly in personal relationships to foreigners but in terms of systematic treatment (business/government) they do like to pick Japanese.
howard's doing a great job. sony is now functioning as one.
I like who is running sony they got their shit together and they have killer games.
I'm really tired of Japanese xenophobia. It doesn't even qualify as xenophobia anymore. It's unequivocal racism. It cannot be tolerated any longer.
As long as they keep making high quality anime catgirl tentacle rape simulators then I'll let it slide.
Sony isn't just dealing with Japan when it comes to doing business, it's doing business with the world. Therefore, the ideal person who runs Sony doesn't necessarily have to be Japanese to run the show. This is the world we're talking about here...the world!
yeah because last time i checked, Ford ran by a Chinese guy lol deep inside, our civilization still stand under the racism feeling. like it or not, you would prefere to work with someone with the same race than other race. its an ugly truth but we're dealing with it right now. beside, i think its just a matter of work culture and taste that concern this guy on the article. it got nothing to do with racism.
William Ford, the great grandson of Henry Ford is running Ford now. He is also one of the key figures (along with CEO Alan Mulally) that turned Ford around and put them on track to once again becoming a respectable brand on the world stage and one that was better prepared for the recent melt down than other car companies. For Ford specifically, they too have had "foreign" CEO's in the past as well. It's the best man (or woman) for the job, nationality shouldn't matter and I highly doubt the worlds most successful companies choose new CEO's, presidents, directors, etc solely on skin color.
Wow, racism at its finest. Did they know that these so called foreigners are the ones who made the company what it is today?
Yea the foreigners helped get sony's shit together.
Japanese superiority at its finest. Truthfully Japan is no better than the U.S when it come to racism and prejudice no offense ( yes i'm an american btw). The only difference is they hide theirs behind the "foreigner" word while U.S is quite direct when using racial slur. I'm starting to believe its probably part of the reason why M$ console will never sell and not some cultural thing. "Hey man but they buy M$ OS and software" That s mainly because not every Japanese is rich enough to buy mac os or that there isn't a such thing as "Japanese-only OS". Well ran my mouth too soon there is a japanese-only os well sorta its called ITRON...technically speaking its just some linux/ubuntu open-source offspring soooo....... If I was Howard Stringer I would find to a way to make guy who spoke about this "not even japanese" life a living ouh a puppy. I believe there's ways to speak you mind with having using racial superiority or closet racism. It would been on thing to say "hey why is he coming over it trying to fix something which he have no knowledge of" than "He's not Japanese" or "Sony shouldn't be run by an Foreigner." My talk sound almost as similar as "Black people should keep their business out of the White House." Said my piece, maybe I'm just looking at this too hard.
If it wasn't for Stringer Sony would be in bad bad trouble.
hmmmmmm not sure what to make of that
That Foreigner has got Sony out of the shit.
OH NOEZ DATS RACIS OMG WHERE IS THE ACLU NAACP AND AL SHARPTON AND OBAMA WE NEED SOME HOPE AND CHANGE ASAP
If it wasn't for howard stinger running Sony right now they would be still be losing money.
Does this guy even realize where the head office is located? JAPAN.
Anyway, the last sentence says " a foreigner never should have run the company." Wasn't this guy born in the UK? Wouldn't that make him foreign lol?
What the article should have said was, The Sony Corporation shouldn't only be run by Japanese.
Yep because if it was ran by japanese only then probably wouldn't they be that success not only the gaming department but all the others. Why can't they (Sony or more like the gentleman who spoke out) be like Nintendo and keep their mouth shut. Reggie doing a good job and I don't see anyone throwing the foreigner card at him(even when Nintendo was doing bad). He's Haitian-American (according Wikipedia which could be wrong), but his name you probably would think he's part Japanese or something. We need the wikileaks guy to release some dirty info on sony *evil smile* mwuhahahaahaa
You fanboys pledge your undying loyalty to Sony and this comment shows you how much they think of you. It is a racist comment.
Dam Sony's racist and MS treats me like I'm a total idiot. Oh well sony still has the best games, an artists work is judged by the quality of his character.
*Sorry Father Murder X, but this guy is not affiliated or representing Sony in any way, shape, or form. (i.e. "Former" employee) Your comment is oxymoronic anyways. If "Sony" were a supporter of this guy and his comment, Howard Stringer would NOT be running the show and this whole story wouldn't even exist. Reread your comment, think about what I said, then attempt to hit the disagree button on your comment. -A Fanboy of Gaming
Sony hate americans, but they love your money. Keep buying playstations, just don't visit their country. lol
Yep quite funny how they are willing to take our money when we are buying their products, you don't hear them complaining then, but some as american takes over "You have done cross the line mister". "We said we like ya, but that we don't want you or your kind controlling us" *offtopic i think* This guy probably still mad about WW2, we did bomb them....twice and threw some of them into concentration camps. But man that was like 60+ years ago so I doubt this was he's mad
@ Droid Control *See comment #19.2
Very interesting. It's taking a non Japanese executive to bring Sony out of Financial restructure that they have been in and out of since the mid 90's. The FORMER Japanese executives were the ones that brought Sony into that mess during those years. I assume this former CEO would like Sony to go back to the days when they were in financial restructure under a Japanese Executive? Or Maybe this FORMER executive was one of the many FIRED Sony executives that fucked up the company during those recession years in the mid and late 90's? Nationality does not matter. It's what's inside the leaders brains that count. The former executives that ran Sony during those "lean" years did not want to embrace change at all and as a result sent Sony into financial restructure, not once but Three times since the 90's. Howard Stringer is bringing them out of it and doing good work. And per shame...he is NOT Japanese! THE HORROR...THE HORROR!!!!!
The Nationalistic ideals sound good in a speech, but they currently have tough competetion internationally. If you are going to close your mind to that international talent pool, then it sounds like you are wishing for a smaller, less profitibale company.
My god, it amazes me how many people DIDN'T read the article, are throwing blanket racist statements around, or are just plain trolling. Yes, I'm aware that this is par for the course on N4G but geez. For starters, this guy is a FORMER exec. Maybe he has had problems with Sony in the Past and is lashing out? Did you consider that? And being that he is a FORMER Sony exec, his words cannot be taken as reflective of Sony in any way. To those of you who claim that Kutaragi is responsible for the PS3 "failing" or Sony as a corporation going down the drain, I have something to say about that as well. One: Kutaragi's vision of the Playstation brand and, the PS3 as a console, are the reason that Playstation is a powerhouse name in the industry, and why we enjoy the best and most impressive (for consoles) games of this generation. Two: Admittedly, his ability to be a competent business executive is less impressive than his engineering capabilities, and maybe he should have been delegated to simply being the head of the R&D department. But he is NO WAY the sole reason for any problems Sony or the PS3 may have initially had, even though it has consistently outperformed the 360 in game quality (exclusives) since launch. As for the statement made in this article, we are unaware of the context in which it was made, as the source refused to elaborate further, so you don't know what he meant when he said it. He could have meant that foreigners don't understand the inherent consumer base of Japan. Or he could have meant that foreigners don't know how Japanese companies do business. Or any number of reasons. It's kind of akin to making a doctor from say, India, have to take medical courses in America because you "do things differently" there. A doctor is a doctor is it not? So what differences could there possibly be that are so astronomical? The point is that we don't know anything. Stop generalizing this as a racist remark when you have no clarification available. Off Topic: Anyone surprised that Kotaku picked up this story?
I don't understand why you received disagree's for your comment because it was spot on. I wish that this community had civil discussions and debates about one anothers difference in opinion. The funny thing is, you stated facts. Go figure. + Bubble (Intelligent)
Thank you. Thing is, if you don't jump on the hate bandwagon then this site deems you wrong. For this article, if you aren't against Ken Kutaragi then you're an idiot. +Bubble for you as well.
What does race have to do with being the best man for the job. That's extremely racist. "No white, black, brown, ect. person should ever be the head of Sony"!? "Why can't I have the job? Because you're white!"...pretty much. shame shame on the person who said that.
It's Kraptaku. They are the web gamezine equivalent of little brat vandals that run into a theater and yell 'FIRE', that throw rocks from an overpass on to the freeway, that set homeless people on fire. Unfortunately, that is the state of "game journalism" in this generation. Hopefully, this idiocracy is not a sustaining one.
@miDnIghtEr20C correction they don't want American gaming products...
--->i'm very sad at this comment i loved ken he was a genious always looking to the future, but it was stringer who saved sony in the end, so give him a break
Howard Stringer has done a FANTASTIC job unifying Sony. when i look at the PS3 now, i shake my head in shame that the media, and Sony, hung Ken Kutaragi out to dry. everything that is being praised about the PS3 NOW, were brainchildren of Ken. Blu Ray, integrated HDD, HDMI, Cell Processor, that was Ken. back in 2006, the gaming media was butthurt because their weak game "journalist" pay meant they couldn't afford a PS3 day 1 had them slamming every little bit of tech in the machine, as well as it's year one launch lineup, but now, those same journalists are praising games like God of War 3 and Uncharted 2 for being on 25+ gig Blu Ray discs, utilizing the Cell Processor and it's SPUs to staggering effect, maximizing streaming/loading tech from the HDD, and carrying it through HDMI, which is now the STANDARD for which HD content is streamed to televisions. you can THANK "Krazy Ken" for that. the PlayStation consoles are a BITCH to develop for, but how many of those PS devs have failed? how many of those early PS devs have grown to be some of the best developers in the industry because they actually put in the effort to tackle the challenges of developing for a difficult platform, instead of taking the easy, copy/paste route of coding seen on other platforms and the PC? i can't imagine what the PS3 would have been like if it had no standard HDD, no HDMI from the start, no Cell Processor, and limited to 6.8 gigs of space on a DVD. just the THOUGHT that i wouldn't be getting masterpieces like MGS4, Uncharted 2, God of War 3, Gran Turismo 5, etc, just because of some whiny journalists, ticks me off. hopefully Kutaragi will be invited back to Sony to design the PS4. how quickly people turned on him, despite the fact that he designed the two highest selling, most critically acclaimed gaming platforms of all time, the PS1 and PS2. you'd think that would, at the LEAST, have given him the benefit of the doubt, or a wait and see approach from the media and Sony. i'm glad to say i never doubted Kutaragi's vision. he's earned some consideration at the least. looking at my awesome PS3 library, my faith in the man's design choices wasn't misplaced.
What a racist toolbag that idiot is. Stringer is obviously doing a much better job than his myopic PREDECESSORS did. Oh no! Sony has been conquered by a white devil! It's like Commodore Perry's black ships are in the harbors all over again! Poor Japan! How dare they make Sony profitable again! Hell, Sony once famously released two different branded MP3 players with different online stores on the market AT THE SAME TIME because neither division was aware of the other's project.
Ken Kuturagi should come back as a engineer. Sony made the right choice.
"such as how innovative the company used to be and perfecting hardware before it is released is too slow for the web era" No wonder Sony are doing poor right now, their products look like crap and they've made so many messed up decisions thanks to this idiotic president who thinks products should be rushed. This guy needs to be replaced, the Japanese think differently to Americans and a Japanese company should be run by a Japanese president and not a Foreigner. How this even happen?
don't quite know what stringer did, but the marketing for sony could be better.
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