A drama involving former classmates; Upper House elections prep; CM of the week: Coca-Cola

The eight-part NHK suspense drama “Gekiryu: Watashi Oboete Imasu ka?” (“Wild Current: Do You Remember Me?”; NHK-G, Tues., 10 p.m.) is about five former classmates struggling with personal and professional problems 20 years after a friend of theirs disappeared during a junior high school field trip.

Keiko (Reina Tanaka), an editor at a prominent publishing house, runs into her old friend, Sabajima (Koji Yamamoto), who is now a banker, on the shinkansen. Another classmate, Mia (Rie Tomosaka), an unmarried singer-songwriter, also runs into a member of the old gang, Higashihagi (Kenta Kiritani), but under inauspicious circumstances, since he is a police detective investigating a crime. Then Mia receives a mysterious email from the missing girl.

Before you know it, the Upper House elections will be here. Are you prepared? Do you know what’s at stake? If not, tune in to “Hodo Tokuban: Ikegami Akira no Nihon no Daigimon” (“Special News Show: Akira Ikegami’s Big Questions About Japan”; TV Tokyo, Wed., 8 p.m.), where master explainer Akira Ikegami answers queries from viewers about the upcoming poll. How will Abenomics affect their lives? Who benefits from TPP? What will the proposed revision of the Constitution entail?

Ikegami also goes out into the field to learn about Japan’s debt situation. He goes to the Bank of Japan, the Ministry of Finance and several securities companies accompanied by TV personalities such as Haruka Christine, to whom he will explain the function of government bonds in reducing Japan’s massive deficit.

CM of the week

Coca-Cola: Five members of the R&B dance collective Exile are at a swinging nighttime beach party, but instead of dancing with the gorgeous bikini-clad young women they’re sucking down bottles of Coca-Cola Zero down to the very last drop, and when the nectar is gone, they look like they want to kill somebody.

Fortunately, a pickup truck loaded with the zero-calorie sweetened soft drink shows up. The quintet breaks into a desperate run, leaping over nubile, boogieing bodies, limboing under surfboards and flying through space until they all arrive as a single bug-eyed unit at the prized concoction. More sucking of soda ensues. “Crave it endlessly,” says the panting voice-over. Coke Zero isn’t refreshing; it’s exhausting.