Sanyo Sanyo was founded in 1947, to make radios, washing machines, and other electronics. The company's name means three oceans in Japanese, referring to the founder's ambition to sell their products worldwide, across the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. In 2009 Sanyo became a subsidiary of Panasonic. Since 1963, SANYO has provided high quality TVs to over 40 million American consumers and for over 50 years. Solid track record has enabled SANYO to become #1 Japanese TV Brand in USA*. Currently, SANYO retails in Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, and online stores while expanding its business growth in Mexico.