During my visit at studio Ghibli, a woman named Satoko Takano follows every step I take. She seems to have her hand in everything the studio does. Satoko confirms that the entire production team is on a break at the moment. But that's just normal procedure when they've finished a movie.
So the rumours regarding studio Ghibli aren't true?
"No, we haven't quit yet. Now that we don't have a plan we can say anything about, we are kind of on break, that's all."
For safety's sake she says it again, with a laugh: "We haven't quit! For sure!"
Isao Takahata, Studio Ghibli's co-founder, also expects feature animation productions will continue; he is also openly skeptical about Hayao Miyazaki's retirement, stating, ""I've never heard of film directors that retire. I have always urged him to continue making films. He will in any case make short films." As for his own future, Paku-san states he "definitely would like to do more films, if I have the strength and mental focus."
Thanks to Generacion Ghibli for sharing the source article.