Studio Ghibli Producer and Representative Director Toshio Suzuki appeared on NHK’s news program “ASAICHI” on August 7th, and denied recent reports of Ghibli’s breakup. He said, “I really want to retire, but I definitely can’t do that. In short, it’s because we’re talking about changing the way we make films.” Also, he revealed that though Miyazaki announced his retirement, he intends to continue working with films. He said, “It seems like Hayao Miyazaki wants to make more, too.”
Producer Suzuki said, “We wanted Ghibli to be the company of our dreams. When we feel like it, make films, and we don’t feel like it, don’t. We feel like we achieved that to an extent,” explaining the nature of the studio’s stance. About Miyazaki’s retirement, he said, “It’s retiring from long films.” Afterwards, he said, “Now we want to make short films. I’ve been talking to him (Miyazaki). Since we’ve been making short films at Ghibli Museum, we want to make more things like that. But now, it’s hard to say exactly what we’ll do,” he said frankly.
Suzuki spoke about the future of Japanese animation. “It’s changing. It’s been changing. From here, it’s all of east Asia,” he said, hinting at overseas positions. “It’s already beginning. In Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, and in parts of Vietnam, it’s already starting. One could say that in all of Asia, for example if a Japanese person came up with an idea, the person who actually creates it is Thai or something. That’s how it’s changing. If someone wants to draw, they can go to Thailand. It’s not about production cost, it’s a problem of ambition. Even in Japan there is ambition, but we can pause a bit. It’s not about whether it’s Japan-made or Thai-made, but making a single work in all of Asia, doesn’t it seem like that kind of era has come?” he continued.
In relation to Ghibli, Producer Suzuki revealed on July 27th at a general stockholder meeting that Studio Ghibli Production Department would be taking a temporary break. In part, when “Ghibli is withdrawing from anime production,” was reported, a ripple was heard.
source (in Japanese)