Satoru Iwata missing Nintendo investor meeting this week, reveals cause of medical issues

Now we’ve got more information on the illness that prevent Nintendo President Satoru Iwata from attending E3. In a new letter to shareholders, the President of Ninty says he won’t be able to attend the company’s investor meeting this week, which is being held on Friday.

Iwata said:

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.

Good to hear that Iwata is recovering normally. Of course he wouldn’t put out a statement detailing how bad things were getting if they really were but I’m happy to take him at his word here.

We wish Iwata as easy and speedy recovery as is possible with whatever it is that he was suffering from. Don’t go anywhere Satoru!