Psychologist, Professor Layton 'Puzzle Master' Akira Tago Passes Away

posted on 2016-03-16 01:30 EDT by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Author of best-selling Atama no Taisō book series was 90 years old

Psychologist and author Akira Tago passed away on March 6 due to interstitial pneumonia. He was 90.

Tago authored a series of best-selling quiz books titled Atama no Taisō. The first book debuted in 1966 and sold 2.65 million copies, and 22 sequel books followed. He published the latest installment in the series in 2001. The series has cumulatively sold over 12 million copies. He has authored other books, primarily on psychology.

He designed the puzzles in Level-5's Professor Layton series of games, and is listed as "Puzzle Master" in the games' credits.

Tago attended the University of Tokyo graduate school, and became a professor in Chiba University in 1973. He eventually served as chairman of the Japan Creativity Society and president of Tokyo Future University.

Source: The Japan Times (Jiji)

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