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Boku no Yabai Tsuma; Busujima Yuriko no Sekirara Nikki; DMM Mobile

by Philip Brasor

Murder and infidelity are addressed with stylish flair in the new series, “Boku no Yabai Tsuma” (“My Dangerous Wife”; Fuji TV, Tues., 10 p.m.)

On the surface, Kohei (Hideaki Ito) and Maria (Yoshino Kimura) seem to have an ideal marriage. He gives her a kiss every morning as he leaves for work, but as soon as he’s out of view he wipes his mouth, as if trying to get rid of a bad taste. Actually, Kohei wants to leave Maria, but she has just inherited a great deal of money. He has told his mistress, Anan (Saki Aibu), that he wants to kill his wife, but seems to have cold feet, so Anan pushes him along by giving him a vial of poison.

He plans to do the deed that night, but arrives home to find that Maria has been kidnapped.

Former AKB48 member Atsuko Maeda takes on the title role in the new series, “Busujima Yuriko no Sekirara Nikki” (“The Frank Diary of Yuriko Busujima”; TBS, Wed., 12:10 a.m.)

Yuriko works in the entertainment department of the Akebono Shimbun, though what she really wants to be is a political reporter, and one day her dream comes true when she is assigned to cover Kuroda (Tsurutaro Kataoka), the secretary-general of the Seishin Party.

Just as she is about to start the new job her boyfriend dumps her, but that’s OK. Yuriko is the type who falls in love easily and tends to have multiple boyfriends at the same time. Midori (Daichi Watanabe), another lover, is well aware of Yuriko’s nature and doesn’t seem to mind.

Her first day on the Diet beat, however, is very busy since it has been rumored that Kuroda plans to form a new party and take a number of Seishin lawmakers with him.

CM of the week

DMM Mobile: Actor Tomohisa Yamashita walks onto a set that looks like a living room covered with grass. He is wearing a garishly bright red suit and apologizes, saying that he doesn’t really like doing commercials because they’re so “contrived,” but it’s his job. He sits down in an armchair and unbuttons his shirt to reveal his naked chest. “What’s this?” he says in shock, looking at his chest, which is covered with the Chinese characters for “bakuyasu,” meaning “explosively cheap.” Now that multi-purpose Internet services company DMM has your attention, it means to sell you on its new low-priced mobile phone plan. “Contrived” wins every time.

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