Mamoru Samuragochi, a purported classical music composer once dubbed as “Japan’s Beethoven” because of his alleged hearing impairment similar to the European music giant, apologized to the public because he had apparently hired someone else to write his award-winning music. But Samuragochi continues to insist that he used to be deaf, contrary to the claims of his ghost composer who said that the fake musical genius could hear perfectly well.
Samuragochi now claims that his aural impairment had been on the mend in recent times. During the time when he had first contracted part-time music school teacher Takashi Niigaki to compose works in his name, he claims that had been unable to hear at that point. “I feel deeply ashamed of myself for living a false life,” Samuragochi said in a statement. “I also apologize to Mr. Niigaki, whose life went wrong because of complying with my demands for 18 years,” he said. “In recent years I have started to be able to hear a little bit more than before… but it is true that I received a certificate proving I had a hearing disorder and that I couldn’t hear anything up until three years ago,” he insisted.
The music teacher Niigaki had recently come forward and in a lengthy press conference revealed the “partnership” he had with Samuragochi. He claimed that he had earned just 7 million yen (around US$70,000) for writing more than 20 creations of music. More than this, he also claimed that Samuragochi’s hearing disability was an act. “I’ve never felt he was deaf ever since we met,” Niigaki said last week. “We carry on normal conversations. I don’t think he is (handicapped).” As it happened, Japan’s media had waxed sentimental about Samuragochi’s story, pushing the story of a tortured genius who had no ability to hear the beautiful music he made. But Samuragochi stands by the statement he made on Wednesday, saying “I’m determined to quit telling lie after lie. I swear by heaven and earth that what I write here today is the truth.”
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