| Jan 19, 2013

Share house lovers; "Tonbi"; CM of the week: Open House

A “share house” is a relatively new concept in Japan: unrelated people sharing a rented residence. The new drama series, “Shea Hausu no Koibito” (“Share House Lovers”; Nippon TV, Wed., 10 p.m.) puts the inevitable romantic spin on it. Shio (Asami Mizukawa) is 30 ...

| Dec 9, 2012

"Give it a try!"; A Matsumoto mystery; CM of the week: Pizza Hut

Celebrity couples are very popular among variety-show producers, but in recent years they have shown more interest in another two-for-one bargain: the parent-child pairing. This week a special two-hour edition of the consumer challenge show, “Otameshi Ka!” (“Give It a Try!”; TV Asahi, Mon. ...