Maki Kaji, 'father of sudoku,' dead at 69

National Aug 17, 2021

Maki Kaji, 'father of sudoku,' dead at 69

Maki Kaji, the man dubbed the "father of sudoku" for his role in popularizing the numerical brainteaser game loved by millions, has died of cancer. He was 69. In a notice posted on Monday by Nikoli, his publisher in Japan, Kaji died at his home ...

National Jun 16, 2007

Sudoku 'godfather' wants to puzzle more

by Nanae Kemmochi and Kazuo Mikami

The self-proclaimed godfather of sudoku wants to cultivate a specialized logic-game market of puzzle fans worldwide who appreciate handcrafted games. "I want to seek out puzzle fans around the world and bring Nikoli puzzles to them," said Maki Kaji, president of Tokyo-based Nikoli Co. Nikoli introduced ...