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The man who was the musical brains behind a supposedly deaf composer dubbed “Japan's Beethoven” claimed Thursday that the mock maestro was not hearing-impaired — and couldn't even write sheet music.
'Japan's Beethoven' not deaf: ghost composer


A woman picked last year by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for NHK's management board has praised the ritual suicide of a high-profile right-winger, saying his self-sacrifice made Japan's emperor a living God.

A deaf composer dubbed Japan's Beethoven confessed Wednesday to hiring someone to write his most iconic works, leaving duped broadcaster NHK red-faced, and casting a cloud over a figure skater set to dance to his music in Sochi.
'Japan's Beethoven' admits using ghost composer


A senior NHK manager who denied any massacre at Nanjing during the 1930s did nothing wrong, Japan's government said Tuesday, as another storm brewed over the integrity of the national broadcaster.

A government panel will urge Japan to allow its military to help allies that come under attack, in a major reversal of the country's ban on collective defense under its pacifist constitution.

The Japanese government has chided a private interpretation firm over an employee's translation of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's remarks comparing Sino-Japanese relations with those in pre-World War I Europe.

Japanese consumer prices saw their first annual rise for five years in 2013, but the jump was largely driven by soaring energy import bills, dampening hopes that Tokyo is winning its war on stubborn deflation.

A trove of ancient documents unearthed at the Vatican could shed light on the brutal crackdown on Christianity in isolationist Japan under its samurai rulers, scholars say.
Vatican trove shows persecution in samurai-era Japan


The popular Japanese mascot “Funassyi,” or the pear fairy, is set to greet fans with its signature spirited jumps at the Taipei International Comics and Animation Festival this year.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spent an hour trying to persuade Japan's prime minister not to visit the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, two weeks before a pilgrimage that sparked fury in Asia, a report said Wednesday.
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