Fresh from his success in the insanely popular salaryman drama “Hanzawa Naoki,” Masato Sakai reprises a decidedly different character, the despicably ridiculous attorney Komikado in the second run of “Legal High” (Fuji TV, Wed., 10 p.m.).
In the opening episode, Komikado and his assistant Maizumi (Yui Aragaki) receive a request for representation from a woman named Kiwa (Koyuki), who is appealing her conviction for the murder of her husband. Prosecutors claim she poisoned her better half for insurance money and convinced the judge to hand down the death penalty. She’s hoping Komikado, who hasn’t lost a case in years, will defend her. Being the publicity-seeking narcissist he is, the attorney can’t resist, and through an intermediary arranges a meeting with the oddball prosecutor, Daigo (Ken Matsudaira), which he’s not supposed to do.
Recently, model-actress Norika Fujiwara did something no model-actress of her stature ever does. She criticized a Diet bill in public, on her blog. Moreover, she told readers how they could oppose the bill, which penalizes civil servants who leak classified information to the press.
Fujiwara may have trouble getting showbiz jobs for the time being, but NHK has chosen her as the subject of this week’s “Family History” (NHK-G, Fri., 10 p.m.), where she reminisces about her father and his emotional reaction to news programs that covered the subject of Japanese orphans left behind in China after the war.
NHK expands on this reaction with information about her father that she was unaware of. Though she knows he was born in Manchuria, she didn’t know about the arduous journey he undertook to return to Japan.
CM of the week: Meiji Yasuda Link Series
Supplemental health insurance is probably a hard sell in a country that has universal coverage, right? Not necessarily. Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance is promoting its Link Series hospitalization plan with ads showing its mascot, a cute bunny named Usarin, blowing up to buff proportions and entering a pro wrestling ring to take on the big, bad Byo King (a play on byōki, or “illness”). So it’s not just that Meiji Yasuda’s policies help you financially when you’re sick: They actually can cure you. Then again, as everyone knows, pro wrestling is all show.