'Japan's Beethoven' is not even deaf, says ghost composer he hired
TOKYO (AFP) - The man who was the musical brains behind a supposedly deaf composer dubbed "Japan's Beethoven" claimed on Thursday that the mock maestro was not hearing-impaired - and could not even write sheet music.
The startling allegations come a day after composer Mamoru Samuragochi, 50, confessed to hiring another man to write his best-known works, as he shot to fame in the mid-1990s with classical compositions that provided the soundtrack to video games including Resident Evil.
Samuragochi has not responded publicly to the fresh allegations.
In an interview with weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun published on Thursday, ghost composer Takashi Niigaki painted the picture of a carefully orchestrated fraud which saw Samuragochi - who once called his hearing loss a "gift from God" - play the role of tormented artist.