Tatsumi Yoda

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Tatsumi "Tom" Yoda
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Born (1940-05-27) May 27, 1940 (age 77)
Chikuma, Nagano, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Other names Thomas Yoda
Alma mater Meiji University
  • Member, Board of Directors, T-Joy Co. Ltd., Filosophia Inc., International Therapy Dog Association, Japan Business Federation, Entertainment Lawyers Network, Foreign Film Importer-Distributors Association of Japan, UNIJAPAN and Japan Association for the International Promotion of Moving Images
    * Chairman, TY Ltd. Inc., Dreamusic, TY Entertainment, Gaga Communications and Tokyo International Film Festival
    * CEO, TY Ltd. Inc., Dreamusic, TY Entertainment and Gaga Communications
    * President, Gaga Communications
    * Councilor, Meiji University
    * Chairman, Sub Committee on Entertainment & Contents, Committee on Industrial Affairs, Japan Business Federation
    * Executive Director, Visual Industry Promotion Organization (VIPO)
    * Deputy Chairperson of Executive Committee, Japan International Contents Festival
    * Director, Japan Video Software Association and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
    * Advisor, Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ)
    * Deputy Chairman, The Japan-China Society, Inc.
Known for being one of the founders of Avex Group
Tokyo International Film Festival
a pillar in Japanese entertainment

Tatsumi "Tom" Yoda (依田 巽, Yoda Tatsumi, born May 27, 1940) is a Japanese businessperson.


Born May 27, 1940 in Chikuma, Nagano-ken, Tatsumi (nicknamed Tom) finished high school at Nagano HS in 1959 and Business Administration at Meiji University in 1963.

In 1969, he became Sansui Electric's director until 1988, the year he founded TY Limited (then Thomas Yoda Limited).

Still in 1988, Yoda, with Max Matsuura and Kazunari "Ken" Suzuki, founded Avex Group, one of Japan's biggest names in music and entertainment.

In 1999, he joined Gaga Communications as a director.

Due to a feud with Matsuura over unknown circumstances, Yoda resigned as Avex's chairman in 2004,[1] but reappointed as honorary chairman until 2005.

As of now, he has his own entertainment company called TY Entertainment.

Other Institutions Served[edit]

Aside from Avex and Sansui: