Longtime Toei Animation President Shigeru Okada Passes Away

Anime News Network is reporting that Shigeru Okada, former president of Toei Animation,passed away on Monday due to pneumonia in a Tokyo Hospital. Okada, The 87 year old Hiroshima-born man was a fixture at Toei Animation and its predecessor, Toei Eiga, becoming President of the company in 1971.  Okada served as president from 1971 to 1993, and continued on as Chairman until 2002. The animation pioneer his survived by his wife Akiko and his son Yusuke, who is the current president of Toei.