Psychologist, best-selling author of ‘Atama no Taiso’ series Akira Tago dies at 90


Prominent Japanese psychologist Akira Tago, a professor emeritus at Chiba University known for his best-selling quiz book series “Atama no Taiso” (brain exercises), died of interstitial pneumonia on March 6, it was learned Tuesday. He was 90.

Born on Indonesia’s Sumatra Island, Tago attended the University of Tokyo graduate school. He became a professor of Chiba University in 1973 after serving as an assistant professor.

The first volume of Atama no Taiso, published in 1966, proved a smash hit with its calls for doing away with stereotypical views and a change of perspective. It racked up sales of more than 2.65 million copies.

The book series reached its 23rd volume in 2001 and cumulative sales of the series and its offshoots have topped 12 million copies.

Tago authored numerous other books, primarily on psychology. He served as chairman of the Japan Creativity Society and president of Tokyo Future University.