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Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004

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TV Tokyo's "Monday Entertainment" and more

In Japan, many people believe that blood type affects personality and health. Though the belief is based more on fashion than science, it's started to spread. Korea is now going through a blood-type craze. Interestingly, the traits attributed to certain blood types are different in Japan than they are in Korea. For instance, in Korea people with B-type blood are considered sensitive, while in Japan they are more self-centered.

This week, TV Tokyo's "Monday Entertainment" (7 p.m.) will present a three-hour special on blood type theories called " Kokoro to Karada no Ketsueki-gata" (Blood Types of the Mind and Body). The program will feature 20 celebrities categorized by blood type who will partake of experiments to find out which traits go with which blood types. The guests will also be given advice on how to overcome fatigue based on their individual blood type, as well as how to improve circulation. At the more frivolous end, tests will be conducted to find out which blood type is "most concered with food expiration dates," and which are "most narcissistic."


On Tuesday at 9 p.m., Nihon TV presents a special two-hour program called "The Power of Memory" which explores how we remember and how we forget using documented case studies.

Memory is still one of the least understood functions of the brain. Consequently, the case studies cover a wide range of abilities and disabilities. There is one man who can draw incredibly detailed landscapes after viewing a scene for a very short time. At the opposite end, we meet a young man who, due to a traffic accident, cannot retain memories longer than ten minutes. However, there is also a woman diagnosed as senile but who nevertheless has since acquired incredible powers of concentration. The program also looks at new medicines that actually improve memory and discusses trivia points related to memory. For instance , why do drunks tend to repeat the same story over and over?


TBS's "Wednesday Premiere" (9 p.m.) will present an adaptation of a story by Kotaro Sawaki called "Mumei" (No Name). Sawaki, who is famous for his autobiographical fiction, wrote this story about his father.

Kentaro Kurasawa (Koshiro Matsumoto) is a famous writer in the midst of studying a tragic crime. A boy who had been bullied at school kills his tormentor and then later kills his own father and commits suicide. In researching the case , Kurasawa finds that everyone who knew the father and son believed they had great respect for each other.

Troubled by what he has learned, Kurasawa suddenly receives a call from his mother. His father has been hospitalized. The writer returns home and spends time at the hospital with his dying father. He suddenly remembers a traumatic event from his childhood and asks his father to explain what happened that day.



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