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When evening news shows have time to fill they often run short reports by freelance news teams about pressing social problems. A common theme right now is the rise of shoplifting among senior citizens, a development that has in turn given rise to specialty security guards who patrol department stores and grocery stores.

That’s also the theme of the mystery drama “Manbiki G-Men: Nikaido Yuki 18” (Shoplifting Detectives: Yuki Nikaido 18; TBS, Mon., 9 p.m.), in which veteran actress Nana Kinomi plays a plain clothes security guard assigned to patrol a department store food section. One day Yuki comes across an old man who has fainted and she brings him to the hospital by ambulance. The old man has suffered a stroke and knows he will not live much longer, so he asks Yuki if he can hear his last will and testament.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
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