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Satoru Iwata Had Surgery Last Week

A growth was found in Iwata's bile duct, explaining why Nintendo's leader wasn't at E3 this year.

We now know the reason Nintendo president Satoru Iwata wasn't at E3 earlier this month. A growth was found in the executive's bile duct, and surgery was performed last week.

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Iwata disclosed the additional medical information on the company's website today.

Besides missing E3, Iwata will also skip this month's annual shareholders meeting to focus on recovering from his surgery. Iwata said he does not expect additional medical complications from the discovered growth.

Here's Iwata's full statement:

"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."

Feel better, Iwata.

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