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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Renowned Japanese classical-music composer admits fraud

In this 2011 photo, Mamoru Samuragochi poses with his CD "Symphony No. 1 Hiroshima" in Japan. Samuragochi has been lauded as Japan's Beethoven for composing music despite a severe hearing impairment. But he admitted Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 that he did not write the symphony and other works credited to him. His ghostwriter Takashi Niigaki said Thursday, Feb. 6, that he worked with Samuragochi for 18 years but got fed up and refused in 2013 to continue the collaboration. Niigaki said he hopes to continue composing and performing despite the uproar. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT — TOK801