Satoru Iwata to miss shareholders meeting due to surgery

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has undergone surgery due to a growth that was discovered in his bile duct. This will cause him to miss the company’s annual shareholders meeting, he wrote in a letter to shareholders.

“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,” Iwata wrote. “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.”

Iwata did not attend E3 this year due to, at the time, unspecified health issues that made him unable to travel. Nintendo’s president says that while he has already resumed light business duties by email and other means, he anticipates that a little more time is needed before he resumes his 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,” the letter reads. “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.”

The company’s next annual shareholders meeting is scheduled to take place in Kyoto, Japan on Friday, June 27 at 10 a.m. Japan local time.

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