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2016 Autumn Specials

“Doctors Special (2015),” Monday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Sept. 13, at noon.

One of the most popular series to air on KIKU is “Doctors.” The battle between the handsome and calm, yet always-scheming Dr. Sagara and the childish, selfish and naive Dr. Moriyama continues in this two-hour “Doctors” special.

“Mission to Kill Special (2013),” Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Sept. 14, at noon.

Shigotonin are assasins hired by victims of crime to avenge wrongs committed against them. Hiring an assassin is also a crime, but when you get to know the victims, you come to sympathize with them.

“Kuroi Jukai,” Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 8 p.m.; Thursday, Sept. 15, at noon.

Nobuko and Sachiko are sisters living together in Tokyo. They share a very close relationship ever since their parents died when they were young. One day, Nobuko leaves for a vacation, and Sachiko is shocked to receive word of her death that night. Even more shocking, Nobuko lost her life in a place completely different from where she was set to go on vacation.

Another tale of suspense from the master of intrigue, author Seichou Matsumoto.

“Kuroha,” Thursday, Sept. 15, at 8 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 16, at noon.

The bodies of 14 men and women are found frozen to death in containers in the harbor district of Kanagawa. Detective Kuroha is the first person to make the discovery, and is assigned to the task force investigating the crime. A suicide note is found at the scene, leading the task force to believe it was a mass suicide. But Detective Kuroha has a different hypothesis. She believes there was a 15th person . . . someone who has not committed suicide yet.

“Happy Retirement,” Friday, Sept. 16, at 8 p.m.

Shintaro Higuchi has worked in the government financial services division for 33 years and is looking forward to retiring in five years. But a bribery scandal suddenly comes to light within his division, and his supervisor assigns blame to Shintaro. Suddenly, Shintaro’s life is turned upside down. Instead of the happy retirement he was looking forward to, Shintaro is forced to retire under negative circumstances.

Shintaro is faced with a decision. Should he finish out his remaining work years silently, without complaint for the injustice done him? Or, should he get revenge? Which would make for a happier retirement?

“Wild 9,” Saturday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m.

Nine people with various skills and talents are dropped off on a deserted island and must find a way to survive together for one week. Each person is allowed to bring along three tools relating to their skill to help them survive. Are the talents of a musician, an artist, and a professional baseball player useful in a survivalist situation?

“What A Mother Wouldn’t Do,” Sunday, Sept. 18, at 8 p.m.

Midori Onodera is a single mom and the owner of a small bar that suddenly finds itself the focus of attention, due to Midori’s popular onigiri menu. As people learn about her menu, Midori’s bar is visited by many new customers. One of them is a former boyfriend, Shuichi Kidani, who is the successful director of a hospital. Shuichi has no idea why Midori broke off their relationship 22 years ago. And Midori’s 22-year-old daughter has no idea that her mom was lying when she said her father died before she was born.

“Homicide Team 9 – Season 5 (TV Asahi),” premieres Friday, Sept. 9, at 8 p.m.

Homicide Team 9 which is composed by the few elites, is the most unusual team in criminal investigation divisions of the Metropolitan Police Department. They are always the top as criminal arrest rate. They try to solve criminal cases with struggling and cooperating each other.

“Beauty and the Fellow (NHK),” premiered Saturday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m.

It’s a girl meets boy tale with a twist. The girl is Ichiko, an agent for stars. Ichiko scouts a young actor named Ryo and struggles to transform him into a superstar. Although reluctant at first, Ryo begins to enjoy acting, and eventually begins to rise to stardom.

Along the way, the two have to navigate the unfamiliar and choppy waters of show business, which adds constant friction to their relationship. It’s a relationship that begins as professional, but morphs into an emotional one, as well.

“Sanada Maru (NHK),” Sunday at 7 p.m. and Tuesday at 8 p.m.

“Sanada Maru” is the 55th Taiga drama from NHK.

The story about the life of the last great commander in the Warring States period, Yukimura Sanada, whose real name was Genjiro Nobushige Sanada.

Curious and adventure-loving, Nobushige Sanada tore through the the Warring States period and eventually became a legendary commander who even awed the ruler Ieyasu Tokugawa.

He completed the construction of Sanada Maru, which is the last and strongest fortress to defend the most vulnerable gate of the castle during the Siege of Osaka.

“Age Harassment” (TV Asahi), Sunday at 8 p.m.

Emiri Yoshii has it all: brains, youth, and beauty. She lands a position in a top rated trading company and seems to be on the fast track for success.

But she quickly realizes the old guard of the department she’s in is only paying lip service to equality in the workplace, and all they see is her youth and beauty.

To make matters worse, she also becomes the target of jealousy from older female staff.

Will Emiri be able to change the mentality of her company?

“The Concierge” (TBS), Monday at 8 p.m.

“The Concierge” centers around the daily challenges that go on in the lives of the concierge staff at a luxury hotel. Seeking to fulfil every guest’s request, the concierge staff must sometimes go to the ends of the earth.

“Pet Doctor” (Yomiuri TV), Monday at 9 p.m.

As a veterinarian, Kentaro Shiba — or Shibaken (as he is known by everyone in town) – saves pets’ lives. But he is also known as a busybody because he worries equally about the pet’s owners.

When he sees someone in trouble, he can’t leave them alone. He’ll do whatever he can to help them out.

To some people, Shibaken is a little bit of a pain. But it’s because he cares as much about the owners of the pets as he does about the pets.

“Zenigata Heiji” (Toei), Tuesday 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.

“Truth of Zero” (TV Asahi), Thursday at 8 p.m.

Mao Matsumoto, who has an IQ of over 150, is a mysterious medical examiner.

She has no family. And she knows neither love and fun nor so-called happiness. Nothing interests her except the corpses, and she believes in only forensic evidence.

“Partners 12,” Thursday at 9 p.m.

The 12th season of this popular detective series.

Detective Ukyo Sugishita, has great insight and cunning skills. His partner, Toru Kai, is strong-minded and rough. And he is excellent in the powers of observation. Together they solve many mysterious crimes.

“Partners 11 (TVA),” Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 7 p.m.

The 11th season of this popular detective series. Detective, Ukyo
Sugishita, has great insight and cunning skills. His new partner is Toru Kai. Together they solve many mysterious crimes.

“Japan’s Local Secrets,” Friday at 9 p.m. and 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.

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