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Talk show on women’s desires; documentary on Keiji Nakazawa; CM of the week: Canada Dry

NHK’s interactive talk show by and for women is titled “Shaneru” (BS Premium, Mon. 11:15 p.m.), which is a double pun: first on the fashion house Chanel, and second on the neologism “sha-mēru” or “picture mail,” since viewers are encouraged to send in their own digital-photo impressions of the topics being discussed.

This week’s subject is “women’s desires,” which can be for anything — food, fashion, objects, karaoke, even sex. The point is to talk openly and nonjudgmentally about the things that the guests and viewers like. The discussion takes place in an open-air venue in Roppongi. Supermodel Ai Tominaga is the host.

This week, TV Asahi’s documentary series “Telementary 2013″ (Tues., 3:10 a.m.) will present an encore broadcast of an award-winning program it first aired last summer about the late Keiji Nakazawa, who wrote the controversial manga series “Barefoot Gen” dealing with his experiences as a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bombing.

The documentary, which was produced by a Hiroshima TV station, focuses on Nakazawa’s last lecture in September 2012. Dying of lung cancer and hooked up to an oxygen tank while sitting in a wheelchair, the writer talked to a group of elementary school children in a forceful voice about his experiences as a child during the war, and revealed that he never stopped writing about them. In fact, two months after he died last December, a manuscript he was working on was discovered in his home that addressed the discrimination that atomic-bomb victims have faced since the war.

CM of the Week: Canada Dry

The big product launch this autumn has been Canada Dry’s new Hot Ginger Ale, which is exactly what it sounds like: canned soda served at a higher than normal temperature. The beverage is selling out everywhere, but not necessarily because people think it tastes good.

The TV commercial dwells exclusively on the product’s development by showing engineers in jumpsuits testing various concoctions to find one that will not explode in your face when it’s heated. The images of experiments going wrong and technicians sobbing in frustration is meant to be both humorous and endearing. After all that effort, you just have to find out what it’s like. Who cares how it tastes?