Sony's Big Deal

Re Nina Easton's Dec. 31 article "Behind the Scenes of the Big Deal," about Sony's purchase of Columbia Pictures:

Sony and the Japanese have created nothing original. All of the famous Japanese products, from the radio to the television set to the videocassette recorder, were invented elsewhere. Namely, here in the United States. All the Japanese have done is to take already existing products and make them cheaper.

In the case of the Columbia deal, Jon Peters, Peter Guber and the Japanese are taking an already existing product; only, in this case, it does not seem that the Japanese are making anything cheaper or better!

J. GREGORY KEENE, Irvine

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