Comedian, actor and director "Beat" Takeshi Kitano, 62, says that his Tuesday night TV Asahi show "Saishu Keikoku! Takeshi no honto wa kowai katei no igaku," which has aired for the last six years, will change to incorporate more discussion of psychological concerns.
Kitano, who hosts the show solo, said that he wants to introduce more talk about stress and other issues, referring to the fact that more than 30,000 people committed suicide in Japan in 2009, marking the 12th year in a row.
The show has a new title - "Takeshi no kenko entateinmento! Minna no katei no igaku." It begins on Jan 12 with a three-hour special from 7 p.m. but will resume its 8 p.m. time slot the following week.
Kitano said of physical illness during one of his shows this year: "There aren't that many people who stay healthy easily. There's a reason some people are healthy - you have to work at it."© Japan Today