Japanese composer who abused disabled classmates and forced them to perform sex acts remains involved in opening ceremony
Keigo Oyamada, better known by his stage name Cornelius, has been one of Japan’s most successful singer-songwriters
ByBen Bloom, ATHLETICS CORRESPONDENT, TOKYO17 July 2021 • 9:22am
Tokyo Olympics organisers insist they are happy for a famous Japanese musician to continue as a composer for next week’s opening ceremony despite interviews resurfacing where he described abusing mentally ill classmates and forcing them to carry out sex acts in front of other students.
Keigo Oyamada, better known by his stage name Cornelius, has been one of Japan’s most successful singer-songwriters over a career spanning more than 25 years and was this week named as one of the music composers for the Olympics opening ceremony.
That announcement saw two interviews he gave to Japanese music magazines in 1994 and 1995 resurface, in which he described inflicting horrific abuse on his peers when at school.
He describes locking a disabled classmate in a box, taping a cardboard box around his head and pouring chalk inside, wrapping him in a mattress and kicking him, making him eat his own faeces, and forcing him to masturbate in front of other students.