Retired producer Susumu Yoshikawa passed away on July 10, 2020 due to respiratory failure. He was 84 years old at the time of his passing.
Yoshikawa debuted as a producer for the Nippon Kenkyakuden live-action television series in 1968. His first hero work was the Android Kikaider tokusatsu (live-action special effects) series in 1972. He is known as one of the founding fathers of the Super Sentai and Metal Hero franchises. Yoshikawa served as executive producer for the Armored Fleet Dairugger XV anime series and is credited with planning for Video Senshi Lezarion. The long-time Toei producer retired in 1997.
Yoshikawa is survived by his wife Yoshiko.