Producer Toshio Suzuki is voluntarily stepping down from his position at Studio Ghibli, although he will be assuming the new title of “general manager.” Yoshiaki Nishimura will be serving as the producer of Studio Ghibli’s films going forward.
Suzuki co-founded Studio Ghibli with directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, and he served as its president. Suzuki stepped down as president in 2008, although he remained as producer for all of Ghibli’s feature films until last year.
Suzuki’s successor Nishimura made his debut as a producer on Isao Takahata’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya, which opened in Japanese theaters in November 2013.
Miyazaki, Suzuki’s colleague for three decades, also retired from making feature films in September 2013. Suzuki made sure to emphasize that his decision to retire was not linked to Miyazaki’s. Instead, he hopes to step aside and boost the new era of Ghibli with “young strength” such as 36-year-old Nishimura and 40-year-old Hiromasa Yonebayashi.