If you don’t know who Atsushi Morita is, he’s the guy that was once Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia (SIEJA) President, and he’s also the one that explained why Sony censors certain games. Well, as of now, he’s no longer with SIE.
According to a new web portal that announced Morita’s departure from the company, it was presentws in its mother tongue courtesy of sie.com.
Yes, this means the guy that said the following is no longer with the house of the blue as of this writing — the man had to say this about Sony’s policies when at the 2018 Japan Studio “Fun” Meeting:
“Regarding the regulation of the depiction of content, it’s simply a matter of matching global standards.
As for the freedom of expression… we have to think about what might be unpleasant for children and shield them from those things while also thinking and assessing ways to find a balance [for that expression].”
His replacement is SIE CFO Kazuhiko Takeda, while his other occupation as president of SIEJA is still undecided.
Moreover, it is worth mentioning that even though Shawn Layden, Worldwide Studios Chairman at SIE, is departing from the company too, it does not mean that this is the end of the company.
According to talk around the web by analyst and people in touch with big companies — in the land of CEOs, CFOs and other top execs — this is the norm to do a shift around and join new places and depart from others given that this is the 2nd fiscal half for some companies.
Falling in line with this sentiment comes The Wall Street Journal writer Takashi Mochizuki on Twitter saying:
And it’s not just Sony that announcing bunch of personnel moves. Oct. 1 marks the start of 2nd fiscal half for most Japanese companies and I got many e-mails about personnel announcements from many companies I cover. Don’t read between the lines—nothing’s there.
— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) October 1, 2019
So what does this all mean? Well, it means that Sony is going through a personnel change during the 2nd fiscal half and the guy, Atsushi Morita, that explained Sony’s censorship policies is no longer with the company.