Satoru Iwata, President and CEO of Nintendo, sourced health issues for his absence from E3, but it. Today he released a full letter to shareholders detailing his current state of health and the details relating to his ailments. It turns out that Iwata has gone through a rather serious surgery to remove a growth in his bile duct. He's currently recovering and has yet to return fully to work, though he is maintaining a business presence online through email.
Luckily, it appears that Iwata's medical issue was discovered early enough that doctors felt confident in the surgery. Whether or not the growth will prove benign or malignant is yet unclear. What's important is that the surgery was successful and Iwata is feeling well, and is on the road to recovery for the time being.
Here's Iwata's own description of his medical ordeal, taken from a letter to shareholders released earlier today:
"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 of his surgery Iwata will be missing Nintendo's Annual General Meeting of Shareholders this month, a significant meeting where Iwata's absence will certainly be noted. This is likely the reason for Iwata's candidness in his letter. For E3 it's a simple measure to say you'll be gone due to health issues, but shareholders aren't so sympathetic.
We at Neoseeker wish Satoru Iwata a speedy recovery and good health, so he can get back in contact "Directly" with us as fast as possible.