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There’s an article in the current issue of Shukan Bunshun lambasting the “foolishness of no-talent celebrities” on all those overblown New Year’s TV specials. But what’s more annoying than the specials themselves is that they pre-empted the few shows that were worth watching, like “The Tetsuwan Dash!” (Nippon TV; Dec. 12, 6:55 p.m.), which took three weeks off right in the middle of some of Tokio’s most compelling projects.

Tokio is, of course, the all-male idol singing group whose members are the stars of “Dash.” They neither sing nor dance on the show, but instead carry out real-life projects. One of their current projects is building and operating a solar car.

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