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Job-hunting tips; history of Cook Islands; CM of the week: Clorets

As everyone knows, the job market is tight — even for young people just entering the workforce. This week, the NHK “real life” information program, “Otona e Tobira TV” (“The Door to Adulthood TV”; NHK-E, Thurs., 7:25 p.m.) offers advice for job seekers, who are confronted with an economic environment that is very different from the one their parents faced when they first looked for work.

In order to make the search more effective, the program shows viewers how to identify want ads for companies that probably won’t match the job seeker’s needs. It offers tips on how to balance a company’s benefits (or lack thereof) with the potential sense of accomplishment, which can be more important to the individual’s well-being in the long run. There are also demonstrations of interviews, both successful and unsuccessful.

The host is comedian Hiroyuki Ariyoshi, who has had a lot of experience looking for jobs.

This week, the world travel variety show “Sekai Fushigi Hakken” (“World Amazing Discoveries”; TBS, Sat., 9 p.m.) goes to the Cook Islands in the South Pacific.

The Cook Islands are part of Polynesia, which takes in a vast expanse of ocean. The show’s reporter looks into the migratory patterns of the native people, which were truly prodigious since islands in the area could be hundreds, even thousands of kilometers apart. She also looks at the European explorers who first exploited the area and how their enterprises opened up this large portion of the Southern Hemisphere to commerce.

CM of the week

Clorets: Actor Hiroshi Tamaki is working at his desk in the office. The light outside indicates it is night. A female subordinate walks up and notes that he’s working late again. She turns and starts to leave, saying she’s going on a date. He jumps and takes her by the shoulder. “What do you think of the company?” he asks. “I don’t think about it at all,” she answers. “Me too,” he concurs happily.

Suddenly, they’re surrounded by blue sky and mountains, and crying out how “refreshed” they feel because they’re both using Clorets breath mints, which allow them to get closer to each other and thus reveal their true feelings.