May 20, 2016

'Evening Smoke Bus Tour'; 'Gold Woman'; Suntory


It seems any kind of professional can be a detective in Japan. The latest vocation is tour bus guide, as exemplified by Sayaka Sakuraniwa (Hisako Manda) in the two-hour mystery “Yukemuri Bus Tour” (“Evening Smoke Bus Tour”; TBS, Mon., 9 p.m.). Sayaka and her ...

| May 13, 2016

'Angel or Devil,' 'Cambrian Palace," Y!mobile


Recently, an artificial intelligence program developed by Google defeated several champions of the Asian board game go. The program’s achievement made headlines all over the world since go is considered a very complex game. The programmers, in fact, thought it would take much longer ...

| May 6, 2016

'Chibi Maruko-chan,' S.T. Corp


Vacation is almost over, so it’s back to the usual animated TV show grind. This week’s episode of “Chibi Maruko-chan” — the 1051st! (Fuji TV, Sun., 6 p.m.) — finds the eternal elementary school student coming home from class on Saturday to an almost ...

| Apr 22, 2016

NNN Document 16; Fukigen-na Kajitsu; WOWOW


Tokai Television has become an expert on the subject of adoption in Japan, and this Sunday it will air the latest installment in its series “NNN Document 16” (Nippon TV, 12:55 a.m.) The program follows Emiko, a 56-year-old woman who only last year discovered ...