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Officials of Ritsumeikan University said Wednesday that a key person behind the development of the “family computer” game system will serve as a professor at the university’s graduate school scheduled to open here in the spring.

Masayuki Uemura, 59, will teach digital entertainment centered on video games at the Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences, the officials said.

Uemura, general manager of Nintendo Co.’s R&D (research and development) 2, was involved in the development of the Nintendo Entertainment System, more popularly known as the family computer or “famicom” in Japan, which hit the market in 1983. He also had a hand in creating the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, or “super famicom,” released in 1990.

A graduate of the Chiba Institute of Technology in electronic engineering, Uemura joined Nintendo in 1971, rising to his current post in January 1979.

Nintendo said it will be the first time that one of its employees has assumed the post of a university professor.

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