we gather here today for a joint funeral with Nintendo Co., Ltd. and
Mr. Iwata’s family, I would like to share my heartfelt condolences.
President Iwata, allow me to call you Iwata-san, just as I always used
"Iwata-san, you left us far too soon. Having just chaired our
shareholders’ meeting the other day on June 26, the news of your sudden
death has left all the employees overcome with a deep sorrow. The late
Yamauchi-san passed the baton to you in naming you the president of
Nintendo in 2002, and the two Senior Managing Directors of the company,
Shigeru Miyamoto and I, have been assisting and working alongside you.
Being rather short-tempered myself, the thing that I am most deeply
struck by is that you were a true leader in every sense of the word,
overflowing with compassion for people. You always maintained a two-way
dialogue, even with the next generation of employees, or with much
younger members of the development and marketing teams, or with
employees outside of Japan whose different customs and cultures can make
communication challenging — sometimes even admitting your own mistakes
to them. You demonstrated this through your belief that people could
eventually come to understand one another, and your strong conviction
that the best way for us to grow is through patient communication, even
if it took several times, a dozen times or even seemingly endless
"You succeeded in planting the seed in employees’ hearts that, in
order to solve an issue, there is a fundamental cycle whereby you make a
hypothesis, execute the plan, see the result and then make adjustments,
and by which you have caringly nurtured these seeds to sprout and
mature into plants.
"Until now, our successors and the younger generation would take a
few first steps and then look back at you for guidance because they
could not tell if they had chosen the right path. Today they cannot ask
for your guidance anymore.
"However, I am sure that they have already made the firm
determination that they will continue on their own, making the
hypothesis, executing the plan, seeing the results and reflecting on the
results to improve and adjust by themselves.
"In the face of your unbelievable passing it will surely take some
time before we can emerge from this deep sorrow. Please know, however,
that the seeds you have planted, and the plants that have sprouted will
put forth small flowers as they bring smiles to the faces of people
around the world, blossom into a grand flower bigger than even you, our
leader, Iwata-san. Together with Miyamoto and others of our generation,
we swear in our hearts that we will continue our efforts so that,
someday, we can report and present to you the blossoming of these
flowers. May you continuously watch over and guide us managers, our
employees and your family.
"On behalf of all of us, I would like to offer my heartfelt
condolences and sincerest prayer. May you rest in peace, Iwata-san.” —Genyo Takeda