Norio Ohga, chairman of the board of directors of Sony, was hospitalised in Beijing Wednesday night after suffering a "fainting spell" while conducting the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the company said.
"Ohga had a fainting spell while he was conducting the orchestra in Beijing," said Hiro Takahashi, a spokesman for Sony of America. "He was taken to hospital and we understand that he is now conscious and in stable condition."
China's Xinhua news agency reported that Ohga suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and was hospitalized in the city's Sino-Japanese Friendship Hospital. It said Ohga "fell on the stage when he was conducting the orchestra" and was attended to by a doctor who was present at the event.
Ohga, 71, was president of Sony from September 1982 until April 1995 after which he was named chairman of the company, a position he held until June 2000. Concurrently, he was chief operating officer from September 1982 until June 1989 and then chief executive officer of the company until June 1999. He took on the position of chairman of the board, which is largely ceremonial, last year.