Satoru Iwata has issued another comment on his health condition. During the Japanese version of last night’s Nintendo Direct, the Nintendo president addressed concerns about his weight loss and expressed his appreciation for those who have shown an interest in his well-being. Earlier this year, Iwata was re-elected to serve as the head of Nintendo’s board of directors.
“I have seen many comments from people concerned about my weight loss,” Iwata said. “While it is true that I have lost weight due to a major surgery, my weight has thankfully been stable now for 2.5 months and I’m progressing well. I am really grateful for everyone supporting me, the doctors as well as the hospital-staff.”
Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata says he feels much healthier following his surgery to remove a bile-duct growth earlier this year. The company president has returned to work and resumed his regular work schedule, appearing in front of the media for the first time since his surgery in June in order to report Nintendo’s second quarterly financial earnings. During the presentation, Iwata remarked that he had lost weight, though felt much healthier.
The growth first came to light when Satoru Iwata skipped E3 for health-related problems. But it was during Nintendo’s AGM in June that the president explained his absence, saying he was currently resting after recent surgery to remove the growth. Iwata’s high spirits will thankfully continue as earlier today Nintendo posted a net profit of 14.3 billion Yen, smashing analysts predictions.
New rumors have suggested that some members of the Nintendo management team are devising a scheme to get rid of company president Satoru Iwata. According to the recently-surfaced rumors, the executive is one of few Nintendo employees that are refusing to bring the publisher’s popular games to smartphones. It was recently revealed that Iwata has been re-elected as the head of Nintendo.
Nintendo spokesperson Yasuhiro Minagawa has revealed that company president Satoru Iwata is “recovering steadily.” During the executive’s absence, however, the firm won’t make important decisions. Iwata recently endured surgery to remove a bile-duct growth. As a result, he missed Nintendo’s annual shareholder meeting and this year’s E3 trade fair in Los Angeles.
“Iwata is recovering steadily,” said Minagawa. “There is no interference with his business as president.”
Nintendo’s Corporate Social Responsibility Report is now available to view in English and is well worth a read. There’s even a segment from Nintendo president Satoru Iwata which is titled Adapt to Changing Times and Seek Out Challenges. The article outlines Nintendo’s ultimate goal of redefining entertainment and mentions how the company plans to adapt and improve in the future.
Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata was recently re-elected as company president at the annual shareholders meeting – and he’s had an approval rating boost. The CEO had a tough time last year when his rating slumped to 77.26 per cent, down 13.34 per cent from 2012′s 90.60 per cent. However, his approval rating this year has been boosted a further 3.38 per cent from last year’s lowest score yet, totalling 80.64 per cent for 2014.
Due to surgery in order to remove a bile-duct growth, Iwata could not attend this year’s shareholders meeting, but is recovering well as reported in his statement last week.
Approval ratings have also been revealed for other board members, with Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto down 5.93 per cent from last year and equalling 86.81 per cent for 2014, along with former Nintendo of America president Tatsumi Kimishima falling to 89.11 per cent from 2013′s 92.82 per cent.
Though – in general – Nintendo board members approval ratings have fallen slightly, Iwata’s has risen, which could mean he’s in good stead to remain as company president following this year.
Nintendo’s CEO Satoru Iwata has announced he will miss the company’s 74th AGM with shareholders due to medical conditions. In a statement issued by the president this morning, Iwata explained his absence at the AGM, referring to his recent surgery and the treatment to remove a growth found in the bile duct.
Earlier this month, Satoru Iwata skipped E3 – the biggest gaming event of the year – due to medical issues and was advised by his doctor not to travel overseas. Nintendo’s shareholder meeting will take place on June 27, where we’ll hear more on the company’s plans for the future. Due to the sensitive nature of this topic, please refrain from posting vitriolic comments. You can find Iwata’s full statement below.
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.