Toei has announced that Toei Group chairman Yusuke Okada (birth name: Tsuyoshi Okada) passed away on November 18, 2020. He was 71 years old at the time of his passing. Entertainment news website Variety reported that Okada passed away due to aortic dissection.
Okada was born in 1949, and he joined Toei in 1988. He became a board member in 1992, then a managing director in 2000, and then the president and CEO in 2002. In 2014 he moved to the position of representative director and group chairman. At the time of his death, he was also a managing director for Toei Animation.
Okada was an actor and producer before he started working for Toei. He was the son of Shigeru Okada, who served as president of Toei for 22 years and as chairman for nine more years. Shigeru Okada passed away in 2011.
Yusuke Okada also previously served as the chairman of the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan, and became the honorary chairman of the Japan Academy earlier in 2020.