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The dogs of post-3/11 Fukushima; ESP for the common man; CM of the week: Tokyo Metro

The March 2011 accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant forced the relocation of hundreds of families, and since then television has made a concerted effort to keep us informed as to their situation. On Tuesday, NHK will air a special about family members who tend to get less attention: pet dogs.

“Iitate-mura no Inutachi Kazoku ni Ai ni Iku” (“Iitate Village’s Dogs Visit Their Families”; NHK-G, 10 p.m.) chronicles the circumstances of 21 dogs that were evacuated from the village of Iitate in Fukushima Prefecture to the facility of a nonprofit group in Gifu Prefecture, 800 km away. The group is taking care of the dogs for free, and on March 10 it brought all its charges back to Fukushima for a one-week reunion with their families.

Around 10 years ago, the airwaves were filled with people who possessed “super powers,” which usually meant extraordinary mental gifts such as the abilities to read minds and bend spoons. The fad is revived for a racy new comedy series, “Minna! Espa da yo!” (“Everybody Has ESP!”; Tokyo TV, Fri., 12:12 a.m.), which takes place in a high school.

Yoshiro (Shota Sometani) is a mediocre student with no discernible talent, but one day he wakes up with voices in his head that aren’t his own. He traces them to his homeroom teacher, Mr. Hayashi, who has dirty thoughts about Sae (Maya Erina), an attractive transfer student. Yoshiro decides to use his new skill to protect Sae from Hayashi’s evil designs. However, it turns out he isn’t the only person in town with special powers. In fact, it seems to be quite common. Noted brain scientist Ken Mogi appears as a brain scientist.

CM of the week

Tokyo Metro: A popular theme in advertising this time of the year is “freshers,” or new company employees. The scheme is to attract the attention of rookie salarypeople, usually by sympathizing with their lot.

In the latest installment of the Tokyo Metro subway system’s “Color Your Days” campaign, Maki Horikita plays a nervous new employee who has botched a meeting with a client and attempts to apologize to her male supervisor on the subway ride back to the office. When he stands up abruptly, she initially interprets it as a rebuff, but it turns out he’s taking her out for lunch, at the Tsukiji fish market, no less. Obviously, all is forgiven.