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Born May 27, 1940 in Chikuma
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, Tatsumi (nicknamed Tom) finished high school at Nagano HS in 1959 and Business Administration at Meiji University
is a private university in Tokyo and Kawasaki, founded in 1881 by three lawyers of the Meiji era, Kishimoto Tatsuo, Miyagi Kōzō, and Yashiro Misao. It is one of the largest and most prestigious Japanese universities in Tokyo, Japan....
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
, better known as Max Matsuura, is a record producer and president of one of the largest music labels in Japan, Avex Group. He is known mainly for discovering and developing new artists and converting them into big stars. Ayumi Hamasaki is the most famous example of Matsuura's work...
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, but reappointed as honorary chairman until 2005.
As of now, he has his own entertainment company called TY Entertainment.
Other Institutions Served
Aside from Avex and Sansui:
- Osada Electric (1969)
- International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (2000 - 2004)
- Japan/China Year 2002
- Cabinet Secretariat of Japan (2002 - 2007)
- Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (2003)
- Japan/Korea Friendship Year 2005
- The Foundation for Promotion of Music, Industry and Culture (2001 - 2006)
- The Japan-China Exchange Year of Culture and Sports 2007
- Rakuten Inc.
operates and manages business to consumer electronic commerce site, Rakuten Ichiba, and consumer to consumer auction site, Rakuten Freemarket. Its business is centered in Japan, although it has began international expansion through acquisitions. The chief executive officer is Hiroshi Mikitani...