Mamoru Samuragochi at the height of his fame in 2011. Reuters/Kyodo.
A composer once known as the ‘Beethoven of Japan’ has revealed his successful 18-year-old musical career is a hoax.
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,” Samuragochi, 50, said, his trademark flowing hair now trimmed in a typical businessman’s cut.