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Weird tale of mystery 'doctor' concludes long trip to big screen

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“Who was my husband?” was the unusual headline of a story that ran in the Tokyo morning edition of The Asahi Shimbun 27 years ago.

It was about self-styled physician Masachika Yamamori, who died of an illness that year. He was not what he claimed to be, leaving his bereaved common-law wife of five years completely stumped.

The story inspired author Hitonari Tsuji, 58, to write an essay titled “Sonzai Shomei” (Proof of existence).

Tsuji focused on “Yamamori” not only having a fake ID, but also that he had written a lengthy (700 sheets of manuscript paper) but........

© The Asahi Shimbun