Yukiko Okada

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Yukiko Okada
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Yukiko Okada in 1984
Native name
岡田 有希子
Kayo Satō (佐藤 佳代)

(1967-08-22)August 22, 1967
DiedApril 8, 1986(1986-04-08) (aged 18)
Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Cause of deathSuicide by building jump
Burial placeJomanji, Nagoya
Other namesYukko

Yukiko Okada (岡田 有希子, Okada Yukiko, August 22, 1967 – April 8, 1986) was a Japanese idol and winner of the talent show Star Tanjō! in Tokyo, Japan.

Early life[edit]

Okada was born on August 22, 1967, the second daughter of the Satō family. The family later moved to Nagoya. In elementary school, Okada loved to read, especially comic books, and she was a talented artist. In junior high school, Okada wanted to become a singer and applied for every possible audition, anything from major productions to the smallest talent recruitment, hoping to become a star. She was rejected every time until she was finally accepted to a TV talent program, Star Tanjō! on Nippon Television – similar to Star Search - which she won in March 1983.


On April 21, 1984, Okada released her first single, "First Date". She was known as "Yukko", which is a common abbreviation for the name "Yukiko" in the Japanese language.

That year, Okada won Rookie of the Year, and was awarded the 26th Japan Record Awards Grand Prix Best New Artist Award for her third single, "-Dreaming Girl- Koi, Hajimemashite".

Okada played the leading role in her first television drama Kinjirareta Mariko (The Forbidden Mariko), in 1985. Her 1986 single "Kuchibiru Network", written by Seiko Matsuda and composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto, reached number one on the Oricon weekly singles chart dated February 10, 1986.


The Sun Music Building, located in Yotsuya, Tokyo

On April 8, 1986, Okada was found with a slashed wrist in her gas-filled Tokyo apartment, crouching in a closet and crying. She was discovered by a rescue team called in by the apartments manager after other residents noticed the smell of gas. Okada's manager eventually arrived and took her to the nearby Kitano Aoyama Hospital, where her injuries were treated and was brought to the Sun Music Building. While Fudaka, the manager of the building and the staff were discussing how to avoid a media scandal, Okada ran up to the stairs, took off her shoes and jumped from the seven story building, resulting in instant death.[1][2] The reason for the suicide is still unknown, though it's been speculated it was due to Okada wanting a relationship with Tōru Minegishi, who had previously rejected her. This is due to Okada saying "I thought of someone"[This quote needs a citation] when replying to why she tried to kill herself at her apartment and to her manager discovering notes written by Okada describing her longing to be with Minegishi. Some of these notes ended with: "I wanted to see him again" and "My heart has nowhere else to go."[This quote needs a citation]

Her fans were shocked and shattered from her untimely death. It resulted in many copycat suicides in Japan, soon christened with the neologism "Yukiko Syndrome". Okada was cremated and her remains were interred in a family vault at a Buddhist temple in Jomanji, Nagoya, Japan.[3][4][5][6]



  • "First Date" (1984) Glico's Cafe Jelly jingle
  • "Little Princess" (1984)
  • "Dreaming Girl-Koi, Hajimemashite" (1984) Glico's "Special Chocolate" jingle
  • "Futari Dake no Ceremony" (1985) Toshiba's "Let's Chat" jingle
  • "Summer Beach" (1985) Glico's Cafe Jelly jingle
  • "Kanashii Yokan" (1985)
  • "Love Fair" (1985) Glico's Cecil Chocolate jingle
  • "Kuchibiru Network" (1986) Kanebo's lipstick commercial
  • "Hana no Image" (1986) [released posthumously]
  • "Believe in You" (strings version 2002) [released posthumously]


  • Cinderella (シンデレラ))
  • Okurimono (贈りもの, Gift)
  • Fairy
  • Jyūgatsu no Ningyo (十月の人魚, October Mermaid)
  • Okurimono II (贈りものII, Gift II)
  • Venus Tanjō (ヴィーナス誕生, Birth of Venus)
  • Okurimono III (贈りものIII, Gift III) (Heritage, released posthumously)
  • All Songs Request (posthumous singles collection)


  1. ^ "Yukiko Okada"[permanent dead link]. ACA Music. Retrieved May 23, 2015.
  2. ^ Yosha Research[dead link]
  3. ^ Okada Yukiko Archived July 22, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ John Greenless, Paradox ò Japan Epidemic of suicides among young people, The Glasgow Herald - 11. Apr. 1987, trang 37
  5. ^ Japanese Society Since 1945 by Edward R. Beauchamp, Taylor & Francis, 1998, ISBN 0-8153-2732-3, trang 97
  6. ^ Japanese Youth and the Yukiko Syndrome, Far Eastern Economic Review, July 17, 1986

External links[edit]

Preceded by
The Good-Bye
Japan Record Award for Best New Artist
Succeeded by
Miho Nakayama
Preceded by
The Good-Bye
FNS Music Festival for Best New Artist
Succeeded by
Minako Honda
Preceded by
The Good-Bye, Sayuri Iwai, Yasuko Kuwata
Shinjuku Music Festival for Gold Prize
1984 (with : Koji Kikkawa)
Succeeded by
Shigeyuki Nakamura, Minako Honda
Preceded by
The Good-Bye
Ginza Music Festival for Grand Prix
Succeeded by
Noriko Matsumoto