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Pioneer headquarters in Bunkyō, Tokyo
|Traded as||TYO: 6773|
|Founded|| Tokyo, Japan |
|Headquarters||28-8, Honkomagome 2-chome, Bunkyō, Tokyo 113-0021, Japan, |
|Susumu Kotani (President)|
|Products||Car audio and automotive navigation systems, Televisions (CRT Lens and Plasma, former product), PC DVD drives including PC DVD recorders, "set-top" DVD players and DVD recorders, Misc. DJ equipment|
Number of employees
|Website|| Pioneer Corporation (Japan) |
Pioneer global network
Pioneer Corporation(パイオニア株式会社Paionia Kabushiki-kaisha) commonly referred to as Pioneer, is a Japanese multinational corporation based in Tokyo, Japan, that specializes in digital entertainment products. The company was founded by Nozomu Matsumoto in 1938 in Tokyo as a radio and speaker repair shop, and its current president is Susumu Kotani.
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Tokyo, officially Tokyo Metropolis, one of the 47 prefectures of Japan, has served as the Japanese capital since 1869. As of 2018, the Greater Tokyo Area ranked as the most populous metropolitan area in the world. The urban area houses the seat of the Emperor of Japan, of the Japanese government and of the National Diet. Tokyo forms part of the Kantō region on the southeastern side of Japan's main island, Honshu, and includes the Izu Islands and Ogasawara Islands. Tokyo was formerly named Edo when Shōgun Tokugawa Ieyasu made the city his headquarters in 1603. It became the capital after Emperor Meiji moved his seat to the city from Kyoto in 1868; at that time Edo was renamed Tokyo. The Tokyo Metropolis formed in 1943 from the merger of the former Tokyo Prefecture and the city of Tokyo. Tokyo is often referred to as a city but is officially known and governed as a "metropolitan prefecture", which differs from and combines elements of a city and a prefecture, a characteristic unique to Tokyo.
Pioneer played a role in the development of interactive cable TV, the Laser Disc player, the first automotive Compact Disc player, the first detachable face car stereo, Supertuner technology, DVD and DVD recording, the first AV receiver with Dolby Digital, plasma display and the last 2 years of plasma models were branded as Kuro), because of their outstanding black levels. and Organic LED display (OLED). The company works with optical disc and display technology and software products and is also a manufacturer. Sharp Corporation took a 14% stake in Pioneer in 2007,which has been reduced to 9%, but Sharp still remains the largest shareholder of Pioneer Corporation, followed by Honda Motor Co., Ltd. who owns roughly 4% of Pioneer shares following a memorandum between the two companies in 2010 to strengthen business ties.
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|Pioneer Karaoke Channel|
|Network||Pioneer Corporation (Japan)|
|Owned by||Pioneer Corporation (Japan)|
|Picture format|| SDTV (480i 4:3)|
PAL (576i 4:3)
|Slogan||The Art of Entertainment|
|Country|| Malaysia |
|Language|| Teochew (Malaysia)|
Cantonese (Hong Kong)
Korean (South Korea)
|Broadcast area||Southeast Asia|
| Astro |
Pioneer Karaoke Channel (Chinese :先鋒卡拉OK頻道; pinyin :Xiān Fēng Kǎ Lā OK Pín Dào) is a satellite television channel that features Asian music videos and karaoke 24 hours a day. Pioneer and Malaysian satellite broadcaster Astro officially launched in January 1996.
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