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'Japan's Beethoven' apologises, insists he used to be deaf

Published on Feb 12, 2014 11:56 AM

TOKYO (AFP) - A man dubbed "Japan's Beethoven", who admitted someone else wrote his music and came under fire when his ghost composer claimed he could hear perfectly well, apologised on Wednesday, but insisted he used to be deaf.

Mamoru Samuragochi said his impairment had improved in recent times but that when he had first paid part-time music school teacher Takashi Niigaki to pen works in his name, he had been unable to hear.

"I feel deeply ashamed of myself for living a false life," Samuragochi said in a statement.

"I also apologise to Mr Niigaki, whose life went wrong because of complying with my demands for 18 years.

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