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Announcement of Executive Management Transition at Sony Interactive Entertainment

TOKYO, JAPAN, OCTOBER 3, 2017 / SAN MATEO, CALIFORNIA, OCTOBER 2, 2017 – Sony Corporation and Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC (“SIE”) announced today that John (Tsuyoshi) Kodera, currently Deputy President of SIE, has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, SIE, with immediate effect. Current President and Global CEO Andrew House will transition from operational management of SIE, but will remain with SIE as Chairman through the year to ensure a smooth transition.

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Sony Unveils Neural Network Console, an Integrated Development Environment Using Deep Learning for AI Creation

Tokyo – August 17, 2017 – Sony Corporation today announced that it has made its Neural Network Console software, which provides an integrated development environment for creating deep-learning based programs, available free of charge. Program engineers and designers will now be able to make use of this software, which comes with a full-fledged GUI (graphical user interface), to develop deep learning programs and incorporate them into their products and services, all the while taking advantage of its intuitive user interface to efficiently carry out neural network design, learning, and evaluation.

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Sony Develops System for Authentication, Sharing, and Rights Management Using Blockchain Technology

Sony Corporation and Sony Global Education (SGE) have developed a system that will apply block chain technology to the field of education. By using “technology that makes mutual use of educational achievements and activity records in an open and safe way,” this reliable system centralizes the management of data from multiple educational institutions and makes it possible to record and reference educational data and digital transcripts.

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Sony Pictures Television Networks to Acquire Substantial Majority Stake in Funimation

Culver City, Calif., July 31, 2017 – Sony Pictures Television Networks has reached an agreement to acquire a substantial majority stake in Japanese anime distributor Funimation Productions, Ltd., (“Funimation”), subject to regulatory approvals and certain other closing conditions, valuing the company at approximately $150 million. Gen Fukunaga, CEO of Funimation, will retain a minority stake in the business and remain CEO.

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Announcement Regarding the Expected Closing of the Transfer of the Battery Business from Sony to Murata Manufacturing

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (“Murata”) and Sony Corporation (“Sony”) today announced that all necessary regulatory approvals by the competition authorities in relevant countries for the transfer of the Sony Group’s battery business to the Murata Group first announced on October 31, 2016 (the “Transfer”) have been successfully obtained, and Murata and Sony now expect to complete the Transfer on September 1, 2017.

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Sony Corporation Executive Appointments

Tokyo, Japan – Sony Corporation announced the appointment of members to its Board of Directors following approval at the 100th Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders that took place today, along with the company’s Chairman of the Board, Chairman and Members of the Nominating, Compensation and Audit Committees, Representative Corporate Executive Officers and Corporate Executive Officers appointed at a Meeting of the Board of Directors held after the above mentioned General Meeting of Shareholders.

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Reschedule of the Target Closing Date for the Transfer of the Battery Business from Sony to Murata Manufacturing

On February 15, 2017, Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (“Murata”) and Sony Corporation (“Sony”) issued a press release entitled “Reschedule of the Target Closing Date for the Transfer of the Battery Business from Sony to Murata Manufacturing” regarding the transfer of the battery business first announced on October 31, 2016. In this press release, Sony and Murata announced that they aimed to complete the transfer by early July 2017, subject to required regulatory approvals and other conditions. However, the review process for the required regulatory approvals is taking longer than expected. As a result, Sony and Murata today announced that they are now aiming to complete the transfer by September 2017 or as soon as practicable thereafter.

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