Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata Had Surgery To Remove A Bile Duct Growth

Satoru Iwata missed E3 2014 due to a medical concern, a concern that has just been made public.  The Nintendo CEO had to undergo surgery to remove a growth found on his bile duct.  Hard to find, and difficult to treat in later stages, Iwata’s doctor was able to find it early and remove it.  Due to the surgery, Iwata will miss Nintendo’s annual shareholder’s meeting.

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,” Iwata wrote in an open letter to investors. “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.

We wish Mr. Iwata the best and hope for a quick recovery.