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It seems any kind of professional can be a detective in Japan. The latest vocation is tour bus guide, as exemplified by Sayaka Sakuraniwa (Hisako Manda) in the two-hour mystery “Yukemuri Bus Tour” (“Evening Smoke Bus Tour”; TBS, Mon., 9 p.m.).

Sayaka and her handsome driver, Ton-chan (Shingo Katsurayama) have been hired by newlyweds Shinichi and Tomoko Takanezawa to take them on a tour of Ise-Shima, where this summer’s G-7 Summit is being held. The trip is a combination honeymoon and excursion, since both families are coming along. They stop off in Ige, where the Takanezawa family grave is, to pray for Shinichi’s sister, Misaki.

Meanwhile, in Tokyo, police discover the body of a murdered man who they believe is the person whom murdered Misaki. The police detective goes to Ise-Shima to talk to the Takanezawas.

Model and actor Koyuki returns from a long maternity hiatus to star in “Gold Woman” (TV Asahi, May 28, 9 p.m.), an adaptation of a best-seller written by an official in the Finance Ministry.

Koyuki plays Tamaki, a career-track employee of a major Japanese bank who is promoted to the position of manager of a key division. The bank’s new CEO orders her to facilitate the breakup of an under-performing subsidiary, which will mean laying off 200 employees. Tamaki is determined to do a good job because she was recommended for the post by her mentor, Mai (Honami Suzuki).

When she visits the subsidiary, the employees protest the breakup and she discovers one of the people she’s “restructuring” is the man who taught her all about her job when she first started. She also learns that it was Mai’s idea to dissolve the subsidiary and that she recommended Tamaki so that she wouldn’t have to carry it out herself.

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Suntory Actor Rie Miyazawa is lounging in an office with a panoramic view of the city. A young man sits at a desk nearby typing on a computer. She says this “company employee,” Hitoshi Murakami, is also “representing Japan” on the national beach volleyball team, and so it’s important he controls his fat intake by drinking Suntory’s Iyemon bottled green tea. Does the fact that Miyazawa doesn’t say the word “Olympics” mean that Japan’s beach volleyball team isn’t going to Rio, or that Suntory isn’t an official sponsor?

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