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“Columbo” remains one of the most beloved American TV series in Japan and has generated dozens of local copies. One is police Lt. Fukuie, the creation of mystery writer Takahiro Okura. Fukuie is a woman whose persistence tries the patience of not only her suspects, but her colleagues as well.

In the premier episode of the new series “Fukuie Keibuho no Aisatsu” (“The Greeting of Lt. Fukuie”; Fuji TV, Tues., 9 p.m.), a famous screenwriter named Fujido (Takashi Sorimachi) stages his own kidnapping in order to enhance his public image. His scheme is meticulously worked out, but Fukuie (Rei Dan) suspects that something is amiss, despite the fact that her supervisor (Goro Inagaki) believes Fujido’s story.

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