Yasuta Sato, Founder of Takara, Passes at 94
According to several news venues including Nippon.com and Kyodo News, the founder of Takara, Yasuta Sato passed away on March 2, 2019 at the age of 94. According to Kyodo news: "Satoh Vinyl Industries Ltd. in 1955 and renamed it Takara Co. in 1966". Takara is, of course the company responsible for the creation of the Microman and Diaclone toys that would eventually evolve into the Transformers toy line.
According to Anime News Network, Sato once retired in 1994 but returned to serve as CEO of Takara from 1999-2000. His final retirement was in 2002.
More recently, he appeared at the World Premiere of "Revenge of the Fallen".