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February 4, 2004




Notice of share buy back to acquire shares to be used for stock for stock exchange, and to reserve shares for shareholders who wish to increase their shares to one unit (100 shares)


With regard to the share buy back pursuant to Article 210 of the Commercial Code, Sony has purchased its own shares as follows:

(1) Purchase Date: February 4, 2004
(2) Purpose: To allot and deliver shares to the shareholder of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. which shall become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony through a stock for stock exchange on April 1, 2004
To reserve shares to be sold to any shareholder constituting less than one unit for the purpose of making such holder's holding, when added to the shares held by such holder, constitute a full one unit of shares (100 shares)
(3) Type of Shares: Shares of Common Stock
(4) Number of Shares Purchased: 1,500,000 shares
(5) Total Purchase Price: 6,352,572,000 yen
(6) Method: Shares were purchased on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

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(1) Authorization given at the ordinary general meeting of shareholders held on June 20, 2003:
Type of Shares Shares of Common Stock and shares of Subsidiary Tracking Stock linked to Sony Communication Network Corporation ("Tracking Stock")
Number of Shares Common Stock: Up to 90,000,000 shares
Tracking Stock: Up to 300,000 shares
Total Purchase Price Common Stock: Up to 400 billion yen
Tracking Stock: Up to 1 billion yen
(2) Total treasury stock purchased since the above authorization:
Number of Shares Purchased: 2,000,000 shares (Common Stock)
Total Purchase Price: 8,199,942,000 yen