Norio Ohga, a former Sony CEO and Chairman who helped make Sony the company we know today, passed away in Tokyo yesterday as a result of multiple organ failure. He was 81 years old. Ohga insisted the CD be designed at 4.8 inches in diameter — or 75 minutes’ worth of music — to store Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in its entirety. 11 likes. From the start, Ohga recognized the potential of the CD's superior sound quality. A former opera singer, Ohga insisted the CD be designed at 12 centimeters (4.8 inches) in diameter — or 75 minutes worth of music — to store Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in its entirety. He was 81. Former Sony chairman Norio Ohga passed away on April 22nd, aged 81. Sony Corporation: Past President, CEO, Chairman and Honorary Chairman He was 81. Mr. Ohga passed away at 9:14 AM on April 23, 2011 in Tokyo. Ohga's legacy may not be well recognized, though he headed the company from 1982 to 1995. Norio Ohga was born in the coastal resort of Numazu, a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, about 75 miles south-west of Tokyo, in 1930. A former opera singer, Ohga insisted the CD be designed at 12 centimeters (4.8 inches) in diameter — or 75 minutes worth of music — to store Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in its entirety. Norio Ohga, a former Sony CEO and Chairman who helped make Sony the company we know today, passed away in Tokyo yesterday as a result of multiple organ failure. Lahir di kota Numazu, 29 Januari 1930, Ohga memulai kariernya sebagai penyanyi opera dan konduktor, tanpa pernah berpikir akan memimpin bisnis yang mendunia. The Japanese company says 81-year-old Norio Ohga died in Tokyo from multiple organ failure. A former opera singer, Ohga insisted the CD be designed at 12 centimeters (4.8 inches) in diameter — or 75 minutes worth of music — to store Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in its entirety. Norio Ohga. Tokyo, Japan - It is with great sadness that Sony Corporation today announced the loss of Norio Ohga, Senior Advisor and former President and Chairman, Sony Corporation. There's more sad news out of Japan this morning, we're afraid -- Sony is reporting that former chairman Norio Ohga passed away in Tokyo yesterday … The cause of death was multiple organ failure. Norio Ohga (29 Januari 1930 - 23 April 2011) merupakan seorang penggagas teknologi CD berkebangsaan Jepang sekaligus presiden Sony Corporation.. Biografi.