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‘Legal Advice Office With a Line Outside the Door’;

by Philip Brasor

Before he became a firebrand politician, Toru Hashimoto was a lawyer and TV personality, and one of the variety shows he often appeared on was Nippon TV’s “Gyoretsu no Dekiru Horitsu Sodanjo” (“Legal Advice Office With a Line Outside the Door”; Sun., 9 p.m.). This week, another retired political firebrand holds court on the show: former Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara.

Since leaving office, Ishihara has hardly been idle. He recently published a “personal biography” of the late Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka called “Tensai” (“Genius”), whose title would seem to indicate that Ishihara, who used to despise Tanaka, has changed his mind. In any case, it’s a best-seller. But he won’t just discuss the book; he’ll talk about his time as Tokyo governor and contribute his two yen’s worth about the current man in that position, Yoichi Masuzoe.

Hong Kong fans of Nintendo’s “Pokemon” are reportedly up in arms about the company’s decision to change the official Chinese names of the “pocket monster” game from Cantonese to Mandarin. Actually, if you check the worldwide franchises, you’ll find that every language has its own roster of names for the characters, which number in the hundreds.

On this week’s episode of the TV cartoon version of the game (TV Tokyo, Thurs., 6:55 p.m.), Satoshi (Ash Ketchum in English) and a group of pokemon are on their way to Miyare City when they stop off at a swamp where the dragon Numerugon (aka Goodra) lives. It’s a happy reunion but it turns out that the creature Melecie (aka Carbink) has been terrorizing the marsh, so Satoshi, with the assistance of Team Rocket, decide to help Numerugon defeat Melecie.

CM of the week

Triumph International By basically doing anything to gain attention, once-and-forever idol singer Seiko Matsuda, who made her debut in 1980, has endured in a business that normally has no use for older women. This time, at the age of 54, she has appeared in a series of print and TV ads for lingerie maker Triumph. In soft focus, a smiling Matsuda appears in an unbuttoned silk blouse revealing the new Florale brassiere beneath and sending the Internet into overdrive.

Florale is designed for “mature” women, and the ads are almost ridiculously tasteful and hardly salacious. You’ve just got to hand it to Matsuda, who knows exactly how to make herself useful.