It seems that even the hard times are hitting Toei Animation, the company responsible for animating the Dragon Ball franchise, as Anime News Network (via animeanime.jp) is reporting that during a board meeting on Monday, Toei Animation has decided to change the positions of some of its top executives. Chairperson Tsutomu Tomari will effectively step down and serve as a board member and adviser starting on June 24. Here’s the initial report from ANN:
Toei Animation, the largest anime production company in Japan, has announced that it decided in a Monday board meeting earlier in the day to change the positions of its top executives. Chairperson Tsutomu Tomari will effectively step down and serve as a board member and adviser starting on June 24. The current president, Hiroshi Takahashi, is assuming the dual roles of chairperson and president. Senior director Kozo Morishita will be promoted to executive vice-president, and senior director Hirotarō Nishi will be promoted to senior managing director. Morishita is currently in charge of the planning and sales departments, and Nishi is in charge of the accounting and information system departments.
As far as we know, this will have no effect on Dragon Ball Kai, but I guess only time will tell. We will be sure to keep you updated if any news to the contrary surfaces.