Satoru Iwata recovering well from surgery to remove growth
Nintendo announced just before this months E3 that Satoru Iwata would not be making the trip to Los Angeles due to health reasons. No specifics were given at the time but now Iwata and Nintendo have issued a statement given some background on his problem.
They have also confirmed that because of the surgery that he will not be attending the annual general meeting of shareholders. The AGM is due on June 27th. The event will mostly be all about financials and a recap of what was shown at E3.
Here’s the notice Nintendo has issued.
[quote]Thank you very much for your continued extraordinary support of us. I am Satoru Iwata, President of the company.
Today, there is one thing that I would like to share with you.
Recently, as the result of one of my routine physical examinations, an issue was detected. Following a more detailed examination, a growth was found in my bile duct.
In general, it is said that a bile duct growth can be difficult-to-treat, partly because of the difficulty of detecting it early. In my case, luckily, it was detected very early and I had no symptoms.
I was counseled that removal at an early stage would be the desirable medical option. Therefore I had surgery last week, and I came through it well, as predicted.
I have already resumed my business by email and by other means, but it is anticipated that a little more time is needed for me to return to my regular work schedule.
As a result, I have no choice but to miss the company’s very important activity, the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, to be held this month. As the president of the company, I regret that I cannot attend the meeting. However, I understand that I have to prioritize my medical treatment and to recover as soon as possible so that I will again be able to do my best to help the company to grow. I hope that you understand.
Get well soon Iwata.