Tatsumi Yoda

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Tatsumi "Tom" Yoda
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Born (1940-05-27) May 27, 1940 (age 79)
Other namesThomas Yoda
Alma materMeiji University
Known forCo-founder 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 businessman.


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: