More an existential comedy of errors than a bona fide mystery, this week’s “Monday Mystery Theatre” (TBS, 9 p.m.) is about a woman whose bad luck is almost hilariously morbid. In “Un no Nai Onna: Saigo no Tanjobi (The Luckless Woman: Last Birthday),” a woman named Satomi (Sachiko Sakurai) is celebrating her 30th birthday in a luxury condominium when she accidentally stabs her boyfriend and goes into a catatonic shock. Believing she has killed him she attempts to take her own life, but is interrupted when the boyfriend suddenly comes back to life — at which point she really kills him.
Satomi embarks on a suicidal Odyssey in which each attempt to kill herself is spoiled. Intending to jump off the top of a tall building, she is caught by a security guard. About to throw herself in front of a train, she suddenly encounters a friend she hasn’t seen in 15 years. The friend invites her to her junior high school reunion. Meanwhile, she keeps running into the same policeman.
One of the regular segments on the comedy show “Downtown DX” (Nihon TV, Wednesday, 10 p.m.), hosted by the manzai duo Downtown, is a segment where guests respond to postcards sent in by viewers describing sightings of the guests in everyday situations outside of their show-business lives. This week, the program will present a special made up completely of such sightings.
Among the celebrities who will have to explain themselves is professional wrestler Naoya Ogawa, who was seen jogging in a park. Ogawa reportedly stopped and picked up a change purse, looked inside, and, finding nothing, threw it back on the ground.
Former pitcher Eiji Bando was spotted at Haneda airport where security personnel were spending a lot of time checking an aerosol can in his possession. Bando seemed to be arguing with them. And then there’s actor Tatsuo Umemiya. A witness said he was on the Shinkansen with his wife, who apparently had lost her wristwatch. The witness clearly heard Umemiya say to her, “That’s why I always tell you to place valuables on the desk.” What did he mean?
As everyone knows, the birthrate in Japan is going down. However, among one demographic, unmarried teens that is, it is going up. Sexually transmitted diseases are also on the rise in this age group, thus prompting a sense of crisis.
On NHK’s debate program, “Shinken Judai (Serious Teens),” the visual artist Maya Maxx visits a number of young people who discuss the issue of teen sex from various viewpoints based on their own experiences, including a teen couple who decided to keep their baby and describe the whole process, and an unmarried teenage mother who didn’t realize until she had her baby that “sex means creating a life.”