June 24, 2014
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.
Iwata's health issues were much more serious and severe than anybody might have imagined. He basically had a tumor in the bile duct that could have grown into something much worse. It's great to see that it was detected early and that he had a surgery, and that he is now feeling better. It is also great to see that he is prioritizing his health over an investor's meeting.
I hope you get better soon, Iwata! Don't worry about things too much, they'll all be fine in the long run.