Classical composer Mamoru Samuragochi was dubbed the “Japanese Beethoven” when he continued to produce mesmeric compositions long after losing his hearing. But Samuragochi — who became deaf at the age 35 — has admitted that he has not composed his own music since 1996. Music teacher Takashi Niigaki has come forward as the true source of some of Samuragochi’s most-celebrated works, including the ”Hiroshima Symphony No. 1,” dedicated to those who lost their lives during the atomic bombing in 1945. Samuragochi has apologized through his lawyer, saying he is “deeply sorry” for betraying fans.