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As one of the longest-running variety shows, “Downtown DX” (Nippon TV, Thursday, 10 p.m.) is the progenitor for almost every other one. Hosted by the comedy duo Downtown — Hitoshi Matsumoto and Masanori Hamada — the shows’s format centers on celebrity guests relating anecdotes about themselves.

This week, on the regular “Star’s Youth White Paper” segment, in which a celebrity makes a show-and-tell presentation, veteran actor Shinji Fujimura explains a portrait of himself that was painted by the late film director Akira Kurosawa. Many years ago, Fujimura wrote a book of essays and asked Kurosawa, somewhat offhandedly, if he would provide the illustration for the cover. Kurosawa complied with a portrait of Fujimura as a clown. On the program, Downtown has the painting assessed by an expert, who says that it is worth about 10 million yen. Fujimura is dumbfounded.

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