It appears Studio Ghibli can not catch a break. Earlier this yr, the corporate caught flak over its response to an upsetting controversy involving its theme park in Japan. Now, new studies from abroad are shining an eye fixed on a brand new Studio Ghibli difficulty. It seems the corporate’s president can be stepping down from his publish, and this choice comes amid studies detailing co-creator Toshi Suzuki’s office scandal.

So first, let’s break down the fundamentals. Shukan Josei drew consideration to the scenario in Japan as current studies confirmed Koji Hoshino, the president of Studio Ghibli, has introduced his depart from the corporate. He plans to go away Studio Ghibli in June after stepping down as president by the tip of March. Experiences go on to allege Hoshino is leaving as misappropriated funds tied to Studio Ghibli co-creator and producer Toshio Suzuki have come to mild.

Allegedly, Suzuki gifted massive quantities of cash to a Thai lady after the pair had been launched in 2013. These funds allowed the lady to open a restaurant and spa in Thailand, however each endeavors have since been liquidated. Years later in 2018, Suzuki reportedly positioned the Thai lady answerable for a Ghibli-backed restaurant in Bangkok earlier than hiring them to as an official photographer for Studio Ghibli regardless of the lady’s lack of expertise. Experiences counsel staff at Studio Ghibli complained about doing the lady’s work whereas the corporate continued to cowl her wages and journey. Actually, after Studio Ghibli arrange a photograph exhibition for the lady, one worker mentioned Suzuki “simply needs to go to the recent springs along with his girlfriend”.

Shukan Josei alleges president Hoshino reprimanded Suzuki as worker complaints worsened, and this precipitated pressure between the 2 executives. In the end, studies counsel Hoshino was pressured into resignation. The journal writes, “Suzuki could have been an important producer up to now, however at the moment [he is] inflicting consternation inside his personal firm.” At this level, Suzuki has not commented on Shukan Josei’s expose and neither has any spokesperson for Studio Ghibli.

This controversy is most positively eyebrow-raising, and Studio Ghibli might do with out one other scandal. Not way back, the Ghibli Theme Park sparked a backlash in Japan after a gaggle of company took images of themselves sexually harassing character statues. The lewd images pictured males groping and taking upskirt images of underage heroines from Studio Ghibli’s movies. When requested for touch upon the scenario, Studio Ghibli kept away from condemning the ordeal, and the corporate’s missing response was critiqued by followers worldwide.

From a enterprise standpoint, the shake-up of Studio Ghibli’s higher ranks comes at a troublesome time. This yr, firm co-creator Hayao Miyazaki plans to launch his first new film in years, How Do You Dwell. The film is predicted to launch in Japan this July, so promotions for the long-awaited Studio Ghibli film will start quickly. The corporate’s loss in Hoshino can be troublesome to navigate at the moment, little question, however followers are hopeful Miyazaki’s subsequent film is not going to undergo below that weight.

HT – Ludovic Gottigny