I'm reading a book named Chip War: The Fight for the World's Most Critical Technology.
When I reading below paragraph：
Akio Morita : Cofounder of Sony; coauthor of The Japan That Can Say No ; represented Japanese business on the world stage during the 1970s and 1980s.
I can't understand meaning of 'stage', so I found the meaning of 'stage' at Cambridge Dictionary.
I feel it seems OK that interpret 'stage' as 'a particular area of public life' or 'to arrange and perform a play or show'.
My question: should 'stage' be used as a verb or a noun? What is meaning of 'stage' at here？ What should 'stage' be translated as?