Japanese talk show enters 41st year; host Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, 82, refuses to slow down

Kyodo

The record-breaking TV talk show “Tetsuko’s Room” marked its 40th anniversary Tuesday, with its 82-year-old host saying she aims to keep going for another decade at least.

“Today is the start of the 41st year. Please look forward to more fun talks, as I intend to continue for at least another 10 years,” proclaimed Tetsuko Kuroyanagi as Tuesday’s show kicked off.

The actress has steered the TV Asahi program since February 1976.

Renowned conductor Seiji Ozawa, 80, and his actor son, Yukiyoshi, 41, were the day’s guests. “It’s amazing she has done this every day for the past 40 years,” the senior Ozawa said as he presented flowers to Kuroyanagi.

The talk show is broadcast daily on weekdays. The veteran Kuroyanagi has never missed a recording, the broadcaster said.

“Tetsuko’s Room,” which started on Feb. 2, 1976, was recognized by Guinness World Records in 2011 for achieving the most TV talk show episodes hosted by the same presenter. In May 2015, it reached its 10,000th episode, a feat also recognized by Guinness.

More than 10,000 domestic and foreign celebrities have appeared on the show, including actor Ken Takakura, Nobel laureate author Kenzaburo Oe, manga artist Osamu Tezuka, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and U.S. singer Lady Gaga.