The New York Times featured Maki Kaji, head of the Sudoku publisher Nikoli, today in the Business section:
…highlighting, sadly, that neglecting to trademark America’s favorite number game in the states before it blew up has led to the publisher taking in only a measly portion of profits from the billion-dollar industry of Sudoku-mania.
Kaji and Co., however, see this capitalistic nightmare as a blessing–the lack of ownership has allowed baby Sudoko to flourish with no restraint. They aren’t in this for the Benjamins, they are simply lovers of games and happy to see them grow.
Kaji’s kindhearted and democratic attitude has inspired me to nominate him for Amazian of the week, along with a few other notable reasons:
1) Homey is a college dropout that spends his weekends betting on horses. All the proof I need that advanced calculus classes will never beat gambling as proper exercise for the mathematical mind.
2) An American actually invented an earlier version of Sudoko and Nikoli just tinkered with it ’til it was perfect! I call this type of behavior “Reverse Ka-Ching-Chong” aka “The Asian Method of Perfecting the Obvious.”
3) Kaji is the self-proclaimed Godfather of Sudoko. Give me your ring, sir. I’ll kiss it.
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