'Beethoven of Japan' apologises for 'causing trouble with my lies'
Published on Mar 7, 2014 2:51 PM
TOKYO (REUTERS) - A composer once known as the"Beethoven of Japan" said on Friday that tests had shown he was not legally deaf and apologised to people throughout the country for lying by using a ghost writer for his popular symphonies and other music.
Mr Mamoru Samuragochi, a classical musician who became known as an inspirational genius for composing music despite losing his hearing, bowed deeply before a packed news conference, his first public appearance since the scandal broke last month.
"I have caused a great deal of trouble with my lies for everyone, including those people who bought my CDs and came to my concerts," Mr Samuragochi, 50, said, his trademark flowing hair now trimmed in a typical businessman's cut.
A statement distributed to reporters said hearing tests had shown that while Mr Samuragochi's hearing was impaired, it did not meet the requirements for legal deafness.
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