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“Extremely Inappropriate!” centers on Ichiro Ogawa (played by Sadao Abe), a crude high school teacher who is chain-smoking his way through 1986. He accidentally ends up on a bus that turns out to be a time machine, which drives him to 2024.
CULTURE / TV & Streaming / Wide Angle
Apr 5, 2024
‘Extremely Inappropriate!’ took a big swing. TV is better for it.
The drama — which features a fish-out-of-water protagonist and satirizes social issues — is the most divisive Japanese TV show of the year so far.
People exit the platform at a train station along the Yamanote Line in Tokyo in 1986. A time-traveling TV comedy with a bawdy middle-aged hero from the era has become a big hit in Japan, juxtaposing brash 1980s attitudes with the more politically correct present day.
CULTURE / TV & Streaming
Mar 29, 2024
Satire TV show strikes a generation-spanning chord in Japan
"Extremely Inappropriate" uses a time-traveling protagonist to humorously highlight the gap between attitudes of the 1980s and the 2020s.
The TBS headquarters in Tokyo's Minato Ward
JAPAN / Society
Nov 26, 2023
TBS had history of 'special treatment' with Johnny's, probe finds
The investigative committee interviewed 125 former and current TBS officials before releasing a report.
Japan Times
Sep 1, 2022
Toyota won't renew contract with actor Teruyuki Kagawa after alleged sexual assault
The automaker has already pulled its commercials featuring Kagawa, and broadcaster TBS has said it will remove the actor from its weekday morning information program.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Jul 5, 2020
Japan’s netizens make up for traditional media outlets' shortcomings in addressing Black Lives Matter
Social media users have offered a broader perspective of commentary on protests against systemic racism happening abroad.
Japan Times
Feb 2, 2020
Five Japan TV networks to offer simultaneous online streaming in bid to entice younger viewers
The firms are aiming to attract a wider viewership, though their streaming will be limited to times of day with the highest demand.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 19, 2019
Japanese #MeToo figure calls her court victory a 'landmark' case for sex crimes in the country
Shiori Ito, a prominent figure in the #MeToo movement in Japan, said Thursday her civil court victory in a rape case against a prominent political journalist was "one of the landmark cases for Japanese sex crimes" and that she was still "quite surprised" by the ruling.
Jul 30, 2019
Tokyo's five major private TV networks to trial simultaneous online streaming next year
Private networks are apparently waking up to the reality that their online presence will fade if they do not keep up with the trend of streaming on smartphones.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 8, 2019
At court hearing, journalist Shiori Ito says she was 'desperate to protect' herself during rape
Journalist Shiori Ito, who has accused a prominent former television reporter of rape, said in a damages lawsuit Monday that she tried to stop him and was "desperate to protect" herself.
Japan Times
May 18, 2019
TBS drama misses an opportunity to shine a light on genuine workplace issues
The most common gripe I hear from white-collar employees at Japanese companies is about the fluid meaning of "quitting time." The feeling is that even if a worker has finished their tasks for the day, it is considered bad form to leave the office before their colleagues or supervisors do. There are,...
Dec 28, 2018
Police called as filming of TV comedy show draws massive crowd at Tokyo park
Police were called out to deal with traffic congestion and noise disturbance in the early hours of Thursday after a huge crowd gathered to watch a popular entertainment TV program being filmed at an amusement park in Tokyo.
Japan Times
May 16, 2018
Former News 23 anchor Kishii dies at 73
Shigetada Kishii, a former anchor of with the news program News 23, died Tuesday of lung cancer at his Tokyo home. He was 73.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Dec 16, 2017
Getting to the bottom of a slippery game show gone viral
No aspect of Japanese pop culture titillates the world more than the country's game shows. From references on "The Simpson's" to inspiring Western riffs on subjects such as "Banzai" and "I Survived A Japanese Game Show," the idea of wacky creations bordering on torture have played a central place in...
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 22, 2017
Lawmakers hold hearings into whether the rape case against journalist was dropped due to Abe ties
A group of opposition lawmakers on Tuesday kicked off the first in a series of hearings where they will question police and ministry officials over a high-profile case involving an alleged rape by a former television journalist with close ties to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Japan Times
Oct 29, 2017
TV drama glorifies the Japanese scourge of working illegally for nothing
In the TBS drama 'Rikuo,' female factory workers work all hours — some of them unpaid — to make a new type of running shoe.
Japan Times
Sep 30, 2017
Japan's pensioners are literally getting older
Because of the election announced by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday, the new Cabinet he formed last summer to boost his falling support rate will do no work, since it was launched during the summer vacation and Abe dissolved the Diet as soon as it opened on Thursday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 30, 2017
High-profile journalist with close Abe ties accused of rape
A 28-year-old woman has accused a former TV reporter, regarded as one of the journalists closest to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, of raping her two years ago.
Japan Times
May 20, 2017
Will there be a price to free education?
During a Lower House budget committee debate on May 8, Akira Nagatsuma of the main opposition Democratic Party (DP) asked Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to clarify remarks he had recently made about revising the Constitution. On May 3, which happened to be Constitution Day, Abe had delivered a message via...
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media
May 28, 2016
Shooting the messenger: journalism under siege in Japan
Journalists who refuse to toe the official line are under pressure, experts say
Japan Times
Apr 23, 2016
On the money: Hitting TV where it hurts
Earlier this month, the Association of Television Viewers Who Demand Compliance With the Broadcast Law announced that it may launch a "national campaign" targeting TBS, which it accuses of biased news reporting. Should the broadcaster fail to address the accusation, the association will ask sponsors...


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals