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Japanese Beethoven Apologizes, Dons New Look

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A photo composite showing 50-year-old Mamoru Samuragochi's physical transformation from 2011 to present day.
A photo composite showing 50-year-old Mamoru Samuragochi's physical transformation from 2011 to present day.REUTERS/Kyodo/Files, IJI PRESS / AFP - GETTY IMAGES FILE, Jun Sato/Getty Images

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A supposedly deaf composer once lauded as Japan’s Beethoven apologized on Friday after confessing that he could partially hear and that he did not write his music himself.

"It is indeed the case that I have deceived people and for that I am extremely sorry," Samuragochi told a news conference in the Japanese capital, adding that he intends to live out the rest of his life repenting for his deception.

The above photo composite shows the physical transformation of 50-year-old Samuragochi from 2011 to 2013 to present day.

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