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Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008

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On Monday, TBS will rebroadcast a documentary it first aired on Aug. 5, 2005, featuring Tetsuya Chikushi, who died last month.

Chikushi was one of Japan's most respected journalists and had anchored TBS's "News 23."

The documentary, "Chikushi Tetsuya-san to Showa-shi" ("Tetsuya Chikushi and Showa History"; 9 p.m.), which won an award from the Cultural Agency, is about Hiroshima on the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing.

Chikushi looks at the wartime process that led up to the attack from both the Japanese and American sides, using extensive material from a BBC documentary about the Enola Gay, the airplane that dropped the bomb.

He interviews scholars who explain everything from the development of the bomb to the decision to use it.

The documentary also utilizes computer graphics to show just how the bomb "changed the city" at its moment of detonation.

Several years ago, magicians, both Japanese and non-Japanese, started getting a lot of work on Japanese TV, but it's time to look for a "new generation" of magicians, according to the producers of "God Hand-Magician No. 1 Ketteisen" ("God's Hands-Decisive Battle for the No. 1 Magician"; TV Asahi, Friday, 8 p.m.).

They have invited some of the best illusionists in Japan and from abroad under the age of 35 to compete for the title of the World's No. 1 Magician.

Hosted by comedian Takashi Fujii, the competition is decided by a series of one-on-one contests. After both contestants complete their act, the live audience votes for which one they want to see again. The winner goes on to the next one-on-one round.

In addition, there is a somewhat perfunctory "jury" made up of comedians, musicians and other celebrities. Also, famous magician Dr. Leon is on hand to "explain" some of the tricks.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government still plans to move the Tsukiji fish market to some landfill area on Tokyo Bay.

The current location is a big tourist attraction and remains not only the largest fish market in Japan in terms of volume, but the biggest one in the world.

A lot of people, including those who work in the market, oppose the move, and they'll get some ammunition from this week's installment of the neighborhood information show "Adomachikku Tengoku" ("Ad-matic Paradise"; TV Tokyo, Saturday, 9 p.m.), which counts down the 30 most interesting businesses in and around the market.

The show focuses mainly on food retailers, since the holiday season is upon us and everyone will be spending the last week of the year stuffing their faces at home in front of the TV.



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