Company website lists numerous outlet and retail shops in Iran. (Company Website)
“Sony Corp. (6758) sold almost $13 million in video and medical equipment to dealers in Dubai that resold the gear in Iran, the company said. The recipients included groups under U.S. sanctions. In a U.S. filing yesterday, Sony said it sold broadcast equipment, security cameras and video-conferencing gear to dealers who planned to resell or resold the products to groups including the Information Technology Department of the Iranian Police and the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting… Sony ‘believes that, and maintains policies and procedures designed to ensure that, its transactions with Iran and elsewhere have been conducted in accordance with applicable economic sanctions laws and regulations,’ according to the filing. Penalties or sanctions taken against the company could be material if any government disagrees, Sony said... One dealer was a subsidiary of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, Sony said in the filing. The company also reported sales of medical instruments -- including printers, paper and monitors -- it said were intended for the Ministry of Health. Sony said it made the disclosure under the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 and related amendments to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The company said it registered a profit of about $500,000 from the sale.” (Bloomberg, “Sony Reports Tech Sales to Iran that May Violate Sanctions,” 6/27/13)
"In the electronics and home appliances sections, sales of LG and Sony flat-screen televisions come with attractive service plans and free home installations. Local brands, such as Pars, go mostly ignored." (The Washington Post, "Iran hopes to resist sanctions by boosting production," 10/27/2012)
"But its population of about 75 million includes a sizeable urban middle class who have been avid consumers of foreign-made goods, including Samsung and Sony electronics and Peugeot cars." (Reuters, "Iran says it will cut imports of non-essential goods," 10/14/2012)
"Sony has been in Iran since at least 2000 and currently has an office in the country." From 2000-2009, the company was the recipient of $103.3 million US federal funds. The company's business in Iran is currently active. (The New York Times, "Profiting from Iran, and the US," 3/6/2010)
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