Olympic composer who denied war crimes has died at 90Orchestras
The Japanese composer of the Dragon Quest theme died on Sptember 30 of sepsis.
Koichi Sugiyama wrote more than 500 pieces of music for the Dragon Quest series, including its iconic main theme which was played at the opening of this year’s Tokyo Olympica Games.
Sugiyama held reactionary and revisionist political views.
He denied Japanese war crimes in China and Korea and backed a Washington Post advertisement calling on Governments to derecognise the claims of Korea’s so-called ‘comfort women for an apology and compensation.