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Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012
"Intimate TV"; Reconstructing Tut's death; CM of the week: Morinaga Weider
The variety special "Nakayoshi Terebi" ("Intimate TV"; Fuji TV, Tues., 7 p.m.) brings together commentators from Japan, China and South Korea to argue over current affairs and poke fun at one another's cultures and economies. In the typical variety-show manner, it's all done in good humor.
Among the topics discussed are which country offers an education system that truly benefits children; which country contributes more good things to the entire world; and, with China sitting out the conversation, which region — Japan, South Korea or Europe — is more fashionable? In addition, foreign participants from a wider cross section of countries will mix it up with real politicians over Japan's foreign policy and consumption-tax increase.
On Aug. 4, an exhibition centered on the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun opened in Tokyo, featuring 122 items from the boy king's tomb, which was discovered exactly 90 years ago. This Saturday, the special program "Dokusen Kaimei" ("Exclusive Explanation"; Fuji TV, 9 p.m.) will explore the theory that King Tut was assassinated.
In 1968, a bruise was found on the back of Tutankhamun's mummified corpse, sparking speculation that he had been killed. Recently, advanced CAT scans were employed to evaluate the wound and other physical circumstances. Fuji TV received 5,000 images and used them to reconstruct King Tut's facial features. Then they used a special technique designed by Japanese scientists to determine the cause of death using photographic evidence. What they discover is sensational.
CM of the week
Morinaga Weider: Kenichi Matsuyama, currently playing the lead in NHK's Sunday night historical drama "Taira no Kiyomori," is the face of Morninaga's Weider energy drink. In the newest ad he's dressed as Gomera, a goofier-looking Godzilla, and standing on a soundstage, where the director tells him that today's shoot will involve Gomera fighting the "heroes." "Leave it to me," Matsuyama says.
"Let's go!" screams the director, and from the wings several dozen costumed superheroes run onto the set, obviously more than Matsuyama expected. The voice-over says, "It's going to be a long day," as Matsuyama drinks from a bottle of Weider's All Charge energy drink and sets off, somewhat awkwardly, to do battle.