On March 26, TV Asahi’s nightly news program, “News Station,” ended after 18 1/2 years and 4,795 programs. Host Hiroshi Kume wrapped up the record run with a toast.

In truth, “News Station” is not leaving. It is simply being recycled with a new host. Because Kume was with the program from the beginning and was directly responsible for its success, his decision to leave last year made the show’s producers decide to change the name to “Hodo Station,” which means pretty much the same as “News Station.”

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