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Japan Times
Sep 4, 2016
Takashi Niigaki emerges from the ashes of a scandal with a symphony to call his own
On Feb. 6, 2014, composer Takashi Niigaki faced a crowd of reporters at the Hotel New Otani in Tokyo and took a deep and apologetic bow. He had just revealed that he was ghostwriter for Mamoru Samuragochi, who was celebrated as "Japan's Beethoven" before being exposed as a fraud. Niigaki confessed to...
Japan Times
Jun 1, 2016
There’s a real story behind the ‘Fake’ documentary
Everybody loves a good scandal, and they don't come much riper than the tale of Mamoru Samuragochi. The public unmasking of "Japan's Beethoven" — a celebrated "deaf" composer who turned out to be neither completely deaf nor the main author of his work — was one of the biggest domestic news...
JAPAN / Media
Nov 18, 2015
Broadcasting watchdog finds TBS violated scandal-hit composer Samuragochi's rights
A Tokyo Broadcasting System Television variety show committed a human rights violation when it aired a segment on allegations surrounding composer Mamoru Samuragochi in March 2014, an independent panel promoting ethical broadcasting has ruled.
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JAPAN / Society
Feb 21, 2015
Apologizing in Japan: Sorry seems to be the hardest word
Dressed in a light-gray suit with her hair pulled back tightly into a bun, McDonald's Holdings Co. (Japan) Chief Executive Officer Sarah Casanova walked stiffly into a news conference on Feb. 5 and addressed a throng of reporters.
Jan 7, 2015
Copyright watchdog annuls contract with disgraced composer Samuragochi
A copyright protection body said Tuesday it has annulled a contract to manage the rights of music composer Mamoru Samuragochi, whose works were penned by a ghostwriter.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 26, 2014
Quack composer Samuragochi contests ¥61 million damages over canceled tour
A composer accused of faking deafness is contesting a damages suit filed over a nationwide tour that was canceled following the revelation that a ghostwriter penned many of his works.
Japan Times
Mar 29, 2014
The truth is, we have gotten too used to lying
Philosophers love truth — that's a truism. What about the rest of us? Do we love truth or falsehood? Truth, we naturally affirm. So why are we swimming in falsehood?
Mar 7, 2014
Barely-a-bear Kumamon could be the next faker to shock Japan
Japan's "deaf composer," Mamoru Samuragochi, has turned out to be an imposter. Wow, who's next? Well, I'll tell you.
Japan Times
Mar 7, 2014
'Deaf' composer Samuragochi says he's sorry for deceiving
A month after the shocking revelation by his ghostwriter, the supposedly "deaf" composer Mamoru Samuragochi apologized Friday for deceiving people with his lies.
Japan Times
Feb 15, 2014
Samuragochi scandal shows that tin-eared classical music fans can be suckers for stories
What makes Mamoru Samuragochi's story interesting is not that he got away with his subterfuge for so long, but that the media, the public and even professional musicians accepted the story as being proof of his value as an artist.
Feb 9, 2014
Samuragochi's shameful deception
What are fans of the supposedly deaf composer Mamoru Samuragochi to make of the revelation that another composer has ghostwritten more than 20 classical music scores credited to Samuragochi for the past 18 years?
Japan Times
Feb 7, 2014
Hiroshima will take back award given to native son Samuragochi
In the wake of the revelation that native son Mamoru Samuragochi did not compose musical scores for which he was credited, the city of Hiroshima has decided to take back an award it gave to him in 2008.
Japan Times
Feb 6, 2014
Samuragochi's ghostwriter speaks
The man who ghostwrote works credited to “deaf” composer Mamoru Samuragochi for the past 18 years stepped forward Thursday as his “partner in crime.”
Japan Times
Feb 5, 2014
Noted deaf composer admits his music was ghostwritten
Mamoru Samuragochi, a deaf composer of classical music and soundtracks for video games, had someone else write his pieces for more than 10 years, including his best-known score, "Hiroshima Symphony," a lawyer representing him said Wednesday.


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