Shinji Hashimoto

Shinji Hashimoto (橋本 真司, Hashimoto Shinji, born May 24, 1958) is a Japanese former game producer at Square Enix and currently Senior Advisor at Sony Music Entertainment Japan and a board member at Forwardworks. He served as the Final Fantasy series Brand Manager for over a decade, was an Executive Officer at Square Enix board of directors[1] and he was the Head of Square Enix's Business Division 3 for 6 years.[2] He is also the co-creator of the Kingdom Hearts series. He served as corporate executive of the company's 1st Production Department during its entire existence.[3]

Shinji Hashimoto
橋本 真司
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Born (1958-05-24) May 24, 1958 (age 64)
Alma materKomazawa University
OccupationVideo game producer
Years active1995–2022
Employer(s)Squaresoft (1995-2003)
Square Enix (2003-2022)
Sony Music Entertainment Japan (2022-present)
TitleSenior Advisor

In May 2021, Hashimoto announced he would be working in Square Enix Holdings as Corporate Advisor training future leaders of the company, after he stepped down from his position of Executive Director and Final Fantasy Brand Manager at Square Enix Co.[4]

Hashimoto retired from his duties at Square Enix on May 31, 2022.[5] On June 16, 2022, Hashimoto announced he would be a Senior Advisor at Sony Music Entertainment Japan, as well as board member for ForwardWorks. [6]


Early workEdit

Hashimoto previously worked for the toy company Bandai.[7] He joined Squaresoft (later known as Square Enix) in 1995, which is where he spent the rest of his career.[8]

Final FantasyEdit

He was the promotions producer for Final Fantasy VII.[8] When asked at E3 2008 about the possibility of a remake of Final Fantasy VII, he said that Square Enix is aware fans would like that, and that they are very busy making other titles first.[9] As Final Fantasy X-2 and Kingdom Hearts were being completed, the learning experience the team had during the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII project spawned the Fabula Nova Crystallis series which was supposed to build on it.[10]

Kingdom HeartsEdit

When Square was sharing a building in Tokyo with the Disney corporation, Hashimoto found himself conversing in an elevator with a Disney executive, and there they conceived the crossover between Square Enix and Disney called Kingdom Hearts.[11] Hashimoto has stated that the new features in Kingdom Hearts II were the result of the success of the first game and Disney's increased trust in Square Enix to pull off an excellent product.[12]

Other gamesEdit

While working on Front Mission Evolved, one of the challenges was balancing the speed of the real time battles the wanzers, or mechs, were having so that the game was realistic to the mechs size, but also still fast enough to be engaging.[13]


While discussing Final Fantasy XIII, Hashimoto mentioned that Square Enix has been attempting to make localization of their game releases close the release gap between Japan and the rest of the world.[14]


As producerEdit

As executive producerEdit

In other positionsEdit



  1. ^ "Board of Directors". Square Enix. 2016.
  2. ^ "第3ビジネス・ディビジョン". Square Enix. 2016. Archived from the original on 2017-06-06. Retrieved 2016-06-02.
  3. ^ "「Final Fantasy XIII-2」が2011年発売予定,「Agito」は「Final Fantasy 零式」と名称変更して2011年夏発売。「Square Enix 1st Production Department Premiere」をTwitterで実況". (in Japanese). Aetas, Inc. 2011-01-18. Archived from the original on 2011-01-20. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
  4. ^ @shinjihashimot3 (21 May 2021). "Hi everyone.I will be stepping down..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ "Square Enix producer Shinji Hashimoto retires". Gematsu (in Japanese). May 31, 2022. Retrieved May 31, 2022.
  6. ^ @shinjihashimot3 (16 June 2022). "Hello, everyone! I have some news to share, if you can please take a look" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  7. ^ Winkler, Chris (2003-09-29). "Radical Subjects". RPGFan. Retrieved 2013-04-16.
  8. ^ a b Gantayat, Anoop (2007-04-23). "Ten Years of FFXIII". IGN. Retrieved 2008-05-30.
  9. ^ Ihtsham, Usman (2008-07-18). "Whatifgaming E3-'08: Final Fantasy XIII Sit Down With Shinji Hashimoto". Whatifgaming. Retrieved 2013-03-01.
  10. ^ Luke Smith (2006-06-07). "FFXIII Interview: Nomura, Kitase, Hashimoto and Toriyama: Compilation of games puts new spin on FF series". Retrieved 2013-03-01.
  11. ^ McKinley Noble (2008-01-20). "10 strange facts about the Kingdom Hearts franchise". PC World Australia. Retrieved 2013-03-01.
  12. ^ Jeremy Dunham (2005-03-21). "Hashimoto Talks Kingdom Hearts II". IGN. Retrieved 2013-03-01.
  13. ^ Charles Husemann (2008-10-19). "Front Mission Evolved Interview". Gaming Nexus. Retrieved 2013-03-01.
  14. ^ Shane Bettenhausen (2008-07-16). "E3 2008: One More Final Fantasy XIII Interview". Retrieved 2013-03-01.