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Professional athletes are a tight-lipped bunch, and even those who are relatively voluble rarely step outside the usual collection of bromides about “doing my best” and “taking one day at a time.”

Fuji TV’s variety show, “Junk Sports” (Tuesday, 11 p.m.), gives athletes, both retired and active, a forum where they can be candid about the world of professional sports. Hosted by comedian Masanori Hamada, the show avoids “sports news,” meaning discussion of skills and records, favors gossip and juicy anecdotes instead.

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