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Why are there no good-looking guys on daytime TV?

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By Jane Nakata

I have two main reasons for watching daytime TV. Firstly, I am alone all day, so it’s nice to have some noise to break up the silence. Secondly, I was sure that daytime TV would be an excellent source of information for researching how to be the ultimate housewife. My suspicions were confirmed. Daytime TV is a veritable goldmine of information.

One problem I encountered was that at midday, there are two main TV shows: “Really Good TV” and “It’s Ok to Laugh.” Which one to watch? One is hosted by a silver-haired TV superpower, otherwise known as Mino Monta, and the other by the guy who insists on wearing sunglasses at all times, otherwise known as Tamori.

I am not a fan of either of these presenters but they pop up on just about every variety show there is on Japanese TV.

I really wish they would get rid of the dinosaurs and give us housewives some eye candy: Mokomichi comes to mind (he eats wieners on the Alt Bayern commercial), as does Ichiro - I know he’s a baseball player but that can’t last forever.

What really grates my carrot is that daytime TV is watched mostly by women, but many of the experts they bring in, be it for cooking, and even the laundry expert - are male. I would hazard a guess that most of the home cooking and laundry in Japan is done by women. So why not have women telling women how to do it? How can these experts have any understanding of the time constraints and pressure we housewives are under?

In the end, I decided that I could bear watching Monta and became a fan of “Really Good TV.” Thankfully, Monta “graduated” from the show recently - hopefully he is finally going into semi-retirement. But it seems someone has answered my prayers and now there is a new lunch time show called "Hiruobi." It appears to be an “ikemen mihodai” - a visual buffet of good looking hosts, one for each day of the week. Yum!

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I thought only males were chavanistic(sic) looks like females are too.

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Why are there so few good shows on Japanese TV period? The production capability is certainly here. Yet look at the overall level of quality. Shameful.

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Why are you using 'sic' when there's nothing to quote? You might write 'chauvanistic (sp?)'.

I think the author has a point. How about a reversal of the usual TV situations, where a woman is in charge? And a man is given the pitiful task of reading out questions, nodding, smiling, and agreeing with the hosts' rants. That would go down a treat, surely. Or would the housewives be jealous of women with a 'real' job as talent-herder?

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Sorry love, I have to work during the day.

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saborichan, doesn't that mean: spelling is correct?

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there is so much more to life than trying to break up the silence with daytime t.v. Throw your television away Jane. Learn to play an instrument, study something, anything but watching horrible daytime TV.

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Why the older hosts? Simple. It's demographics. Due to the baby boom, most housewives are over 50, so they prefer older hosts closer to their generation.

By the way, Tamori wears the sunglasses because he has an eye condition that requires him to wear them so he can avoid bright light, not because he wants to look cool. If you want to look cool, you have to wear them on your forehead like that Tokoro George fella.

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I agree with greensatindress. We use our TV to watch films that never show up in the cinema in Japan and for the few nights of just vegging out after a day to intense to do anything else after.

But the truth is, there is so much more to do. Learning something is a great answer. Afterall daytime TV here is even worst than night time TV. And I can only survive about 30 seconds of most of the shows before feeling like I'm being tortured.

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How can these experts have any understanding of the time constraints and pressure we housewives are under?

But you have time to watch day time TV?

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Simple, Japan is the country of robots, not handsome or beautiful people. That was not part of the deal to begin with.

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this is japan. you woman. you make man feel good. dance now please

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I think sic is used when you are quoting someone and there's a spelling error within the quote.

And I agree - I think there's far to little male totty on telly.

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Crimson,

I think people put (sp) after stuff they're unsure of. I've just seen it on the internet, mostly. Not in any official documents...

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Hey I think Mino-san is pretty good-looking.

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TV is terrible except for the cooking programs

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have two main reasons for watching daytime TV. Firstly, I am alone all day

get a job! or a lover? or cable

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get a job!

Well said.

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Buy a Wii or Playstation and go have fun, Japanese TV during the day is a waste of time all the time ... Try Wii Tennis, Burn 400Kcal a hour..

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How can these experts have any understanding of the time constraints and pressure we housewives are under?

hehehe. HAHAHHAHA. HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA!

/wipes the tears away

Now I know this article is a joke.

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Read a book, or go out leering at blokes in 3D if you're so uncontrollably lecherous. Or get some young chappie in to service your needs while your husband's out grafting every hour God sends to keep you in the comfort you so obviously don't appreciate.

Still, so long as his dinner's ready when he gets in and you've saved some of that libido for him, I don't suppose there's too much to worry about.

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MrHog, "sic" is Latin for "thus" and is used when you're quoting something that might be spelled incorrectly. You're telling the reader that what you're typing might be wrong, but that's how the original quote had it, so you're just repeating it.

And Jane, "time constraints"? "Pressure"? Your husband is out working all day providing for you while you get to watch daytime TV! If you want a good-looking guy, call your husband at work on a video phone and remind hmi that you love and miss him. You do appreciate him, don't you?

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Why are there no good-looking guys on daytime TV?

Because what is truly important is highlighting Japan's #1 asset-its beautiful women!

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If you watch too much J-TV, especially the excuse for entertainment afternoon variety, your gray matter will undoubtedly become miso over time...

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Because I'm not on daytime TV.

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