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Several weeks ago, Goro Inagaki, the quiet member of SMAP who for three months excluded himself from the group’s activities as penance for a traffic violation, returned to showbiz with considerable fanfare.

One of the programs on which he appeared regularly prior to his run-in with the law was “Tokumei Research 200X” (Nippon TV, Sunday, 7:58 p.m.), on which he played agent Toru Date of the Far East Research Co. Inagaki’s absence was explained as a lengthy Los Angeles assignment for his character.

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