Nintendo President (and spokesman for many of the company’s Nintendo Directs) Satoru Iwata was notably absent during E3 2014, and Iwata has officially revealed that his absence at the event was due to health concerns that would also affect his ability to attend the upcoming Nintendo shareholders meeting this week.
Iwata wrote in a letter to the shareholders that he was undergoing surgery to correct a bile duct growth found shortly before E3 2014 – luckily, the concerns for Iwata’s health were found early enough that surgery would correct the growth with little impact. Iwata detailed:
“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.”
“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.”