Yesterday, famed deaf Japanese composer Mamoru Samuragochi—noted in the gaming world for his work on the Onimusha: Warlords and Resident Evil: Director’s Cut soundtracks—revealed that he’s used a ghostwriter since 1996. Now, his ghostwriter has personally come forward at a Tokyo press conference today with an even more shocking claim: He doesn’t think Samuragochi is actually deaf.
The Japan Times reports that Takashi Niigaki revealed that Samuragochi “often listened to” and “offered comments” on Niigaki’s compositions. He said Samuragochi first approached him through a mutual friend in 1996 and asked him to compose a piece. “At the time, I saw myself as an assistant,” he said. “But when he started saying to the public that he was deaf and released scores [I had written] with his name on it, I felt bad.”
The part-time lecturer at Toho Gakuen School of Music in Chofu, Tokyo, described Samuragochi as “incapable” of composing his own works. “I continued to write pieces under Samuragochi’s instruction, knowing that he was deceiving the public, and releasing the music,” Niigaki said. “I’m Samuragochi’s partner in crime.”
Niigaki, who claims to have made 7 million yen (approximately $69,000) in total for his ghostwriting work, said he came forward so that Japanese figure skater Daisuke Takahashi, who’s scheduled to use Samuragochi’s “Sonatina for Violin” in his short program at the Sochi Olympics next week, could “compete with dignity.”