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Renowned Japanese Composer Admits Fraud
TOKYO — He was celebrated as a prolific musical genius whose compositions appeared everywhere from popular video games to the competition routine of a top figure skater in the upcoming Sochi Olympics. His deafness won him praise as Japan’s digital-age Beethoven.

It turns out Bernard L. Madoff may have been a more apt comparison.

On Thursday, Japan reacted with remorse, outrage, and even the rare threat of a lawsuit after the composer, Mamoru Samuragochi, 50, admitted that he had hired a ghostwriter since the 1990s to write most of his music. The anger turned to disbelief when the ghostwriter himself came forward to accuse Mr. Samuragochi of faking his deafness, apparently to win public sympathy.

The scandal began on Wednesday, when Mr. Samuragochi suddenly confessed that someone else had written his most famous works. These include Symphony No. 1 “Hiroshima,” about the 1945 atomic bombing of his home city, which became a classical music hit in Japan; the theme music for the video games Resident Evil and Onimusha; and Sonatina for Violin, which the Japanese Olympic figure skater Daisuke Takahashi is scheduled to use in his short program performance at the Winter Games in Sochi.

“Samuragochi is deeply sorry as he has betrayed fans and disappointed others,” said the written confession, released by Mr. Samuragochi’s lawyer. “He knows he could not possibly make any excuse for what he has done.”

The reason for this sudden display of repentance seemed to become clear on Thursday when the ghostwriter revealed himself to be Takashi Niigaki, 43, a hitherto largely unknown part-time lecturer at a prestigious music college in Tokyo. Mr. Niigaki said he had written more than 20 songs for Mr. Samuragochi since 1996, for which he received the equivalent of about $70,000.

He said he felt so guilty about the deception that he had threatened to go public in the past, but Mr. Samuragochi begged him not to. He said he finally could not take it anymore when he learned one of his songs would be used by the Olympic skater. He told his story to a weekly tabloid, which went on sale Thursday.

“He told me that if I didn’t write songs for him, he’d commit suicide,” Mr. Niigaki told a crowded news conference. “But I could not bear the thought of skater Takahashi being seen by the world as a co-conspirator in our crime.”

Perhaps just as shocking was Mr. Niigaki’s allegation that Mr. Samuragochi was never deaf. Mr. Niigaki said that he had regular conversations with Mr. Samuragochi, who listened to and commented on his compositions. Mr. Niigaki said the deafness was just “an act that he was performing to the outside world.”
Quite an act! Is it really a crime-crime I wonder? It's dishonest of course.

I feel sorry for the ghost writer, but he allowed himself to be manipulated this way and someone else to get all the glory for his work.

Honestly, I'd never heard of the guy myself.
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so it was not about the music. interesting. An art fake is similar.
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The music should stand or fall on its own merits, but I suspect people won't be as interested if it wasn't written by a deaf genius (he cultivated a, what would you call it, let's just say a certain public image).

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There was a very good movie about art forgery called ... Incognito (which I heartily recomend) where the protagonist remarks that a picture is worth $25 but the signature is worth $500,000.
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Was the music any good?
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Abdul Alhazred wrote:Was the music any good?
Not enough, you know.
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Two legitimate Japanese Original composers performing their own work:

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Glancing at the thread title, I read: "Japanese computer admits fraud". :P
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Witness wrote:Glancing at the thread title, I read: "Japanese computer admits fraud". :P

Ya might need more sleep, Witness. Or some glasses. :D
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Thanks, a pair of glasses would do fine…

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I love the way you think! 8)
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silverdrake wrote:I love the way you think! 8)
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Doctor X wrote:He is not as thunk as you drink.

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