Music / Yukiko Okada

Yukiko Okada (Born as Kayo Satō; August 22, 1967) was a Japanese idol singer in the 1980s. She was a winner of the talent show, Star Tanjō! (a show predating what American Idol would be all about) and pretty much after that, the rest is history.

On April 21, 1984, Okada debuted with a single, "First Date". She was known as "Yukko" in the beginning of her career. Her 1986 single "Kuchibiru Network", reached number one on the Oricon weekly singles chart dated February 10, 1986. She was on her way to becoming a star and had she continued, would've been as big a star as Seiko Matsuda; another idol singer who was also very popular in her time. Aside from being remembered for her simple voice and cute, petite, innocent looks, she was also remembered for how she died.

On April 8, 1986, two hours after her manager found Okada in her gas-filled apartment, crouching in a closet, sobbing with a slashed wrist, she jumped off from the seven-story building of the Sun-Music Agency. Copycat suicides followed afterwards and the term "Yukiko Syndrome" was coined. While there are some guesses, the very reason why she took her own life is still considered a mystery. A detailed research and few speculations could be found here.
Selected Discography:


  • [1984.9.5] Cinderella
  • [1985.3.21] FAIRY
  • [1985.9.18] Jyūgatsu no Ningyo
  • [1986.3.21] Venus Tanjō

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