Today Nintendo president Satoru Iwata made an announcement on Nintendo’s site this morning, reporting on the matter of his health. The 54 year old president underwent surgery in order to remove a growth on his bile duct, which is why he was unable to attend E3 this year. In addition, his recovery will cause him to miss the annual share-holders meeting for Nintendo.
“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 the president of the company, I regret that I cannot attend the meeting. However, I understand that I have to prioritise 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.”
Wii U Daily would like to wish Mr. Iwata a speedy recovery and we’re looking forward to seeing him resume his regular duties, including presenting new Nintendo Directs.