The details from Nintendo’s shareholders meeting are coming out, and among them are the executives’ approval ratings. Shareholders were asked to consider how well company president Shuntaro Furukawa and directors Shigeru Miyamoto, Shinya Takahashi, Ko Shiota, and Satoru Shibata were doing in terms of helping the company thrive. Here’s a breakdown of the vote (per Perfectly Nintendo translation):
- Shuntaro Furukawa: 937,392 in favor | 41,324 against | 245 abstained | 95.47% Approval
- Shigeru Miyamoto: 965,332 in favor | 12,059 against | 1,575 abstained | 98.32% Approval
- Shinya Takahashi: 965,552 in favor | 11,834 against | 1,575 abstained | 98.34% Approval
- Ko Shiota: 965,559 in favor | 11,827 against | 1,575 abstained | 98.34% Approval
- Satoru Shibata: 965,553 in favor | 11,833 against | 1,575 abstained | 98.34% Approval
Interestingly, Miyamoto only has the fourth-highest approval rating of the five executives. Imagine voting against the creator of Mario. Additionally, all five directors’ ratings increased year over year, with Furukawa’s up from 92.04%, the most drastic jump. The list also includes board members Naoki Noguchi (92.13%), Katsuhiro Umeyama (98.57%), Masao Yamazaki (98.56%), and Asa Shinkawa (90.46%).
It’s interesting how differently shareholders might see someone like Shigeru Miyamoto compared to how Nintendo fans see him. As much as the creator of some of our favorite games is a creative professional and fun celebrity, he’s still a businessperson who’s in charge of ensuring the company profits. In that regard, it’s his business sense that’s being measured by his approval ratings, not necessarily how good his games are.