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Nintendo's Satoru Iwata missed E3 to have surgery, is recovering well

3:00 AM on 06.24.2014 // Steven Hansen
  @dtoidsteven

Bile duct sounds like a Pokemon...

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata was advised by his physician not to travel overseas so he didn't make the trip to E3, which is fine; he didn't miss much. This letter from Iwata to Nintendo shareholders on why he is also going to miss the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders sheds some more light on the lovely man's health.

"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."

I understand. 


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