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Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007

CHANNEL SURF

Embarrassing celebrity game show, children in poverty special, honeybee nature show

The risk of being publicly embarrassed is one that all TV talent run when they appear on variety shows. It's part of the job. However, you are virtually guaranteed to be embarrassed on the health-related variety show "Saishu Keikaku: Takeshi no Honto wa Kowai Katei no Igaku (Final Warning: Takeshi's Truly Scary Home Medicine)" (TV Asahi, Tuesday, 8 p.m.), which is hosted by comedian Beat Takeshi.

Last week the studio was full of women celebrities who heard of frightening ailments that strike females, and during the show they had to submit to a survey regarding things like "amount of monthly discharge" and "number of sexual partners."

This week's show focuses on flatulence as a symptom of illnesses that are more serious than indigestion.

In a dramatization, a salaryman is shown to suffer from chronic flatulence that his wife and daughter endure as a matter of course. But they later find out that he actually suffers from a perforated intestine.

Among the studio guests is former pro-wrestler Nobuhiko Takada, who, strangely enough, already has a reputation for flatulence, so embarrassment is probably less a problem for him than it is for other guests.

Children living in abject poverty is the subject of a special two-hour program, "Hyaku-en-dama ni Ai wo Komete — Sekai no Kodomotachi no tame ni (Giving Love with a ¥100 Coin — For the Children of the World)," which airs this Friday at 9 p.m. on TV Tokyo.

The idea is to show how ¥100 can improve the daily lives of children who suffer from economic and social hardship. Celebrities go to Japanese schools, where they collect ¥100 coins from students, and then bring the coins to impoverished areas overseas to find out the best way to spend them.

Jin Shirosaki goes to Kenya, where safe drinking water is a problem. With the money he brings he is able to dig a well for some Masai villagers.

In another segment, ¥100 helps rescue a girl living in the Republic of Moldova from the evils of human trafficking.

Bees are an essential factor in agricultural production, but still little is known about their complex social interaction. On Sept. 2, NHK's nature documentary show, "Darwin ga Kita (Here Comes Darwin)" (NHK-G, 7:30 p.m.), looks at "family disputes" that regularly take place within beehives.

Often in the spring, beehives erupt into chaos as half the hives' members leave with their queen to establish a new hive elsewhere.

Those who are left behind need a new queen, but there are always several in line for the job.

These candidates fight to the death, and the winner eventually "marries" a male bee of her choice. The choice, however, is the most difficult stage in the process.



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