Satoru Iwata Reveals his Health Issues in Letter to Shareholders


Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata missed E3 due to some undisclosed health issues and it led many people on the internet to speculate endlessly.

Today however, Mr. Iwata issued a letter to his shareholders in which he explains the health issues he has been going through.  It turns out the issue was quite serious, but as Iwata states in the letter, he has been through surgery and seems to be doing well.

June 24, 2014
Satoru Iwata
President, Nintendo Co., Ltd.

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.

Best Regards,
Satoru Iwata

The staff here at Niche Gamer wish him the best in his recovery.

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1 comment
    June 24, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    I wish him well as well. He is one of the reasons why I love and admire Nintendo so much. I mean, what other CEO of such a large firm would make goofy videos like the ones Iwata has been in. One also has to admire the whole Iwata asks series which offers rare insights into the behind the scenes goings on in the Japanese dev industry.