KIKU – Channel 9

KIKU – Channel 9

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“Love and Deceit,” premieres on Sunday, July 5 at 8 p.m.
Rika Nishida has been having an affair with Sota Kashiwagi, a married man who is 20 years her senior and the managing director of a large corporation. However, after three years together, she realizes the affair is going nowhere and it is time to end it and move on.
Still, Rika is devastated when Sota abruptly dumps her. And her anguish intensifies when she learns that Sota’s wife, Mitsuko, was behind it. She vows to take revenge on Mitsuko for the pain caused her.
A drama about the imperfections of humans and the negative emotions that result from love and deceit.

“Doctors 2 (TV Asahi),” premieres on Monday, July 13, at 9 p.m.
Tamaki Dogami, the director of Dogami Hospital, announces her retirement and names her nephew, Dr. Suguru Moriyama, as her successor.
This upsets the doctors and nurses who distrust Suguru and his self-centered ways.
And it worsens the underlying conflict between Suguru and the kind-hearted Dr. Kosuke Sagara.

“Zenigata Heiki (Toei),” premieres on Tuesday, July 21, at 9 p.m.
Like Abarenbo Shogun, Mito Komon, and Toyama no Kinsan, Zenigata Heiji is about an official working undercover to catch criminals.
Heiji is an undercover policeman in the city of Edo. He possesses a superior skill of throwing coins.
When a criminal is caught, Heiji throws coins at the offender and reveals his true identity.

“Legacy,” Sunday at 5 p.m.
The CEO of The Legacy Corporation dies leaving three daughters behind. They bicker and argue over their father’s wealth and leadership of the Legacy Corporation. With each daughter claiming to be the rightful heir, only one can be chosen; only one will be recognized as Legacy Corporation’s undisputed leader.

“Behind the Noren,” Sunday at 9 p.m.
This is a drama about the fiery relationship between the madam of an old-style Japanese inn and her new daughter-in-law, a former career woman.
Naoko, a career woman working in Tokyo, marries the eldest son of a family that owns a distinguished traditional inn in Kanazawa. Naoko’s new mother-in-law, Shino, views her as an outsider and refuses to accept her.
However, when Naoko’s husband Sosuke abruptly disappears one day, leaving behind a large debt, Naoko tells Shino about her plan to work at the inn to pay off Sosuke’s debts.
“Noren” is the short curtain often seen hanging at the entrance to a Japanese business. This is a family drama about the laughs, tears, and battles between a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law that go on behind the curtain.

“Kuru Kuru Japan,” Monday at 6:30 p.m.
Delicious foods of Japan. Cultured salmon in Tottori, bonito cuisine in Kagoshima and more!

“Soko ga Shiritai,” Monday through Friday at 7 p.m.
The wildly popular docu-tainment/info-logue that takes you all over Japan seeking out everything from customs, to food and all things interesting. Satisfy your need to know!

“Investigator Mariko 11,” Monday at 8 p.m.
Crimes today utilize increasingly clever tricks and techniques. The police and crime laboratories must respond to these crimes quickly and with scientific knowledge. The lab must deal with such diverse tasks as analysis of hair, blood type, DNA, voice pattern and handwriting, as well as polygraphs, the reconstruction of facial features, and superimposing. The lab forms the main stage for this drama, which follows a female lab agent as she goes about her work. Mariko Sakaki, the main character, practices forensic medicine at the crime laboratory of the Kyoto Prefecture Police Department.

“Doctors (TV Asahi),” Monday at 9 p.m. (ends on July 6)
Kousuke Sagara is a highly skilled surgeon working at a corrupt hospital. There is a kind side to Kousuke that is evident in his dealings with his patients, but behind his skill and kindness lies a mysterious dark side.

“Hana Moyu,” Tuesday at 8 p.m.
Hana Moyu means “burning flower,” and refers to the life of the main character, Fumi Sugi.
Fumi was the younger sister of Shoin Yoshida, who was well-known for inspiring leaders in the Meiji restoration. They were part of the Choshu clan from Satsuma Prefecture, which is the birthplace of many of Japan’s political leaders. Fumi was a strong supporter of her brother and his philosophies, and much of the Choshu clan’s success can be attributed to the foundation laid by Shoin and Fumi.
Playing the heroine Fumi is Mao Inoue, one of Japan’s up and coming actresses. “Hana Moyu” is the 54th Taiga drama from NHK.

“The Last Policeman,” Thursday at 8 p.m.
The National Police Safety Rescue, or NPS, is the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s special assault team (SAT) that possesses both the mobility of the special unit as well as the investigative skills of the Special Investigations Team (SIT), and is tasked with bringing criminals into custody alive. This small elite team is a new approach to fighting against heinous crimes.
Kamikura Ichigo retired from the life of a professional boxer and became a police officer after that. In his second year working as a uniformed police officer, an incident leads to him being scouted by the NPS. Armed with excellent reflexes, explosive power and punches honed through boxing, Kamikura is a close combat specialist who is good at getting control over his opponents using bare fists. On the other hand, Soga Iori is a member of the SAT. Described as superhuman, he prides himself in his sharpshooting and is the SAT’s best sniper. Soga was once assigned to a police precinct because he had aspirations to become a detective. Before long, he arrested three robbers and attracted attention as one of the promising newcomers. He is cool and collected, has great concentration, endurance, perception as well as combat ability; the embodiment of the SAT’s ideal male.

“Partners 11,” Thursday at 9 p.m.
The 11th season of this popular detective series.
Detective, Ukyo Sugishita, has great insight and cunning skills. His partner, Takeru Kanbe, is cool and confident. Together they solve many mysterious crimes.

“Mr. Son-in-Law,” Friday at 8 p.m.
Hiromasa Akiyoshi finds happiness in an ordinary life, but after the death of his father-in-law he is forced to run as mayor by his mother-in-law Otome. He does not welcome fights and finds happiness in an ordinary life- and initially refuses to enter the election. However, with the support of his wife Mari and other people around them, he eventually resigns himself to the decision to run.

“Japan’s Local Secrets,” Friday at 9 p.m.; repeats on Saturday at 8 p.m.
Although Japan is a relatively small country geographically, each prefecture has its own traditions, dialects, and . . . foods!!! This program takes us to the secret places throughout Japan known to the people of the area and introduces us to things unique to each place.

“Mysteries of Asia,” Saturday at 7 p.m.
Asia is a mix of ancient cultures and fast-growing technology. This program explores cities across Asia, visiting famous landmarks and the hot new nightspots.

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