Nintendo President Satoru Iwata will miss company's Annual General Meeting of Shareholders
Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has issued an open letter to company shareholders announcing that, as a result of his recent health issues, he will miss the company's Annual General Meeting of Shareholders this month.
In his letter, Iwata explained the surgery he recently underwent, while assuring shareholders that he's already resumed working again. Unfortunately, he'll still need a little more time to return to his regular work schedule.
Below is the full letter issued to Nintendo's shareholders.
To our shareholders
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 concerns were first publicized earlier this month when he confirmed he would be unable to attend E3 in Los Angeles. GameZone wishes Iwata all the best in his recovery.