It was wildly thought that Howard Stringer, a foreigner, was brought in to fire a bunch of people at Sony. Japanese companies traditionally bring in outsiders to fire folks, and Stringer, a foreigner, was even that further removed from the old boys' network.
This April, Kaz Hirai assumes Stringer's old job at Sony. He's a long-standing Sony employee, so the corporate blood letting is finished, right? Wrong, apparently.