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TV Asahi’s “Takeshi’s Really Scary Home Medicine” 3-hour special and more

This week, Beat Takeshi’s medical horror series, “Takeshi’s Really Scary Home Medicine” (TV Asahi, Tuesday, 7 p.m.), expands to three hours for a special look at eating habits.

Lately, so-called seikatsu shukan-byo (lifestyle habit disorders) such as diabetes and high blood pressure have attracted special attention as they are on the increase, which is directly related to lifestyle choices, especially those related to diet and exercise.

Celebrities who are famous for their culinary skills have been invited to the studio. On hand will be nutritionists who will critique not only the ingredients they use and their technique. They will also offer tips on how to combine certain foods in a more healthier way.

Jirocho Shimizu is one of the most legendary figures in Japanese history.

He lived at the end of the Edo Period and the beginning of the Meiji Restoration, mainly in the Shimizu region, which is now Shizuoka Prefecture.

Jirocho is often referred to as a yakuza, a word that had a different meaning 150 years ago. In Edo, yakuza were champions of the poor and defenders of common justice in places where there was no organized law enforcement.

Though they lorded over their territories like gangsters, their code was based on a strict morality.

Jirocho was adopted as a boy by a rice merchant. As an adult he married and took over his step-father’s store.

After his best friend was swindled in a gambling den, he went to the den to seek justice and ended up in a fight that resulted in the deaths of two men. Jirocho fled and became a fugitive. His wife divorced him in his absence.

This week, in episode three of NHK’s slightly fictionalized drama series, “Jirocho: The Burden of Fuji” (NHK-G, Thursday, 8 p.m.), Jirocho (Satoshi Nakamura) becomes the subordinate of a yakuza boss in the Mikawa region (present-day Aichi), but after he learns that the two men he thought he killed are still alive, he returns to Shimizu.

T he past is given a more rigorous treatment on “The Mysterious Romance of History 2″ (TV Tokyo, Friday, 9 p.m.), which looks at the women behind the great men of the Warring States period of the 16th century. During this period, men like Oda Nobunaga and Tokugawa Ieyasu fought one another, but while the men were battling on the fields, their women were conniving behind the scenes.