Satoru Iwata’s Successful Bout With Bile Duct Surgery

Satoru Iwata's Successful Bout With Bile Duct Surgery

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has addressed shareholders regarding his recent surgery that involved removing a growth on his bile duct.

Before Nintendo’s E3 2014 event, surprising news was announced that Nintendo president Satoru Iwata would be absent from the annual show due to medical advice suggested by his physician. It was enthusiastically recommended that he not travel overseas in the “immediate future.” At the time, Iwata’s exact medical condition was unclear, but the president has today revealed those details to the public.

In the following message addressed to Nintendo shareholders, Mr. Iwata mentions that a growth on his bile duct was detected. As a result, he had to undergo surgery to have it removed.

“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.”

What are Bile Ducts?

Satoru Iwata's Successful Bout With Bile Duct Surgery

Bile (also called gall) ducts are long tube­-like structures that carry bile — dark green or yellow-colored fluid — through the body’s digestive system. Its purpose is to aid in the food digestion process. The liver is responsible for the continuous production of bile, and the gallbladder is where the fluid is stored and concentrated.

Iwata-san, regretfully, won’t be attending the upcoming Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, scheduled to take place in Kyoto, Japan this Friday. The president notes that he must prioritize his medical treatment in an effort to recover as soon as possible. Get well soon, Iwata.


  1. It’s pretty cool for you to make such an effort to explain to readers what Bile Ducts are. Keep up the good work! :)

  2. Get well soon Mr. Iwata! It’s reaallly lucky that he got it noticed early or else…..
    (positive thoughts, positive thoughts!)
    It’s nice to know how that he took precautions, ’cause I can’t really say the same to some of my friends, especially the hardcore gamers XD


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