Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata underwent surgery last week to remove a bile duct growth, and as a result he will miss the company's upcoming annual shareholders meeting. In a letter published on Nintendo's site, the 54-year-old explained the growth was fortunately detected early and he made it through the procedure successfully.

"I was counseled that removal at an early stage would be the desirable medical option," Iwata said. "Therefore I had surgery last week, and I came through it well as predicted."

"I have already resumed business by email and other means, but it is anticipated that a little more time is needed for me to return to my regular work schedule."

Iwata said he regrets he won't be able to attend the annual general shareholders meeting, due to take place on Friday, June 27, but he understandably has to put his health first. The Nintendo boss also missed E3 this month, though he briefly (and memorably) appeared in the company's Digital Event stream.

Joystiq extends our best wishes to Mr Iwata for a speedy recovery.
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