Yokohama city states about the fake deaf composer and his disability card

The disability planning and policy division officials interviewed in Yokohama City Office.

March 7, 2014

Yokohama City gave the press conference on March 7 about Samuragochi Mamoru (佐村河内守), 50, a fake Deaf composer who had another person make a musical piece. He currently lives in Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture.

The city officials explained that since the auditory diagnosis that Samuragochi had for reexamination showed a result of "not auditory difficulties," and that he returned the disability card to the city on February 28.

The city officials also stated that the medical-expenses subsidy of about 243,000 yen was paid to Samuragochi as a severely handicapped person in three years.

However, they said that they would not require him to return the subsidy because it was impossible to investigate the time when he became Deaf.

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare considers reexamination of the method to issue the disability card from the lesson of Samuragochi Mamoru's case.

The Ministry plans to set up an investigative committee of the specialists who are Deaf/deaf by the end of March, aiming to discuss the method of disability recognition, whether the term of validity of the disability card is made, etc.

Japanese sources:

English related links:
Japan's 'deaf composer' may not be the artist he claims

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