A factional split of Japan Animation Creators Association (JAniCA) has got intense and is about to be brought to the court. The strife has originated from the government-funded project for the training of young animators, which was launched by Agency For Cultural Affairs last April. Ashida Toyoo, the founder of JAniCA, came into conflict with the chief auditor Okeda Daisuke and the project manager Kamimura Sachiko over the distribution of the budget. Agency For Cultural Affairs notified JAniCA that they suspend the support of the project until the dispute is settled.
Okeda and Kamimura distributed the budget for their profits and dismissed Ashida and Utagawa from the board of JAniCA directors laying a false charge. Kamimura attempted to take advantage of her position as the manager of the young animator training project by submitting her own plan with SUNRISE. (Note: Kamimura resigned from the JAniCA board taking responsibility of the submission and SUNRISE withdrew the plan.)
Okeda Group’s insistence:
Ashida and Utagawa obstructed the training project by claiming more share of the budget and the executive producer’s position of the project. They demanded cancellation of the project to Agency For Cultural Affairs and threatened the staff of the project.