Photo/IllutrationHiroshi Aramata, left, and Takeshi Yoro (Asahi Shimbun file photos)

KYOTO--Novelist Hiroshi Aramata will become executive director of the Kyoto International Manga Museum (KIMM), replacing anatomist Takeshi Yoro who is resigning due mainly to his advanced age, city officials told The Asahi Shimbun.

Aramata, 69, also known as a manga enthusiast, served as a member of the first judging committee for the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize, which honors excellent manga works.

Yoro, 79, became executive director when the museum for anime and manga opened in November 2006 in Kyoto’s Nakagyo Ward.

He will serve as honorary director after he steps down on April 1, city officials said on March 8.

Yoro has visited the facility at least once a month for exhibitions, events and other KIMM projects. But it has become increasingly difficult for him to make trips to the museum from his base in the Tokyo metropolitan area.

The Kyoto city government and Kyoto Seika University, which jointly operate the museum, had been looking for a replacement with specialized knowledge and understanding of manga culture who can fill Yoro’s shoes to campaign for the subculture and organize events.