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updated 04/21/2004 at 12:00 AM EDT

originally published 01/16/1998 12:00AM

Sony co-founder Akio Morita, who helped give new meaning to the words "Made in Japan" (good-bye, cheap product knockoffs; hello, excellent products, such as the Walkman), Sunday, in Tokyo, of pneumonia. He was 78 and had been in failing health since suffering a stroke in 1993.

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