“Nihonshi Suspense Gekijo” (Japanese History Suspense Theater; Nihon TV, Wed., 7:58 p.m.) offers something to both lovers of historical dramas and fans of those two-hour mysteries used to fill holes in network schedules. Basically, the producers take a real incident from Japanese history and turn it into a thriller.

This week’s program relates the infamous tale of Okuma Shirakoyo, “the wicked woman who scandalized Edo.” Okuma was born to the largest seller of lumber in old Edo. She was a beautiful and much desired woman, but when her family fell on hard times because of their spendthrift ways, she was forced to marry Matsushiro, a man she didn’t love but who had property and money. Since her family had no eldest son, they adopted Matsushiro for his money.

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