mister TV set to retire
Whether it's Mina Munta, Mona Manta or even Mino Monta, the fact is that Japan's top TV presenter, Mino Monta, is very soon to retire.
It's been a remarkable career for the Mino, who in 2008 broke the world record for the most hours of live TV coverage in a single week. And who previously held the record? Why, Mister Mino Monta of course!
Last year, the Guinness World Records' head honcho popped over to Japan to present Mino with a certificate, and to welcome him to the wonderful world of record holders.
Mino presents a whopping 70 shows a week, from breakfast to lunch, afternoon to evening and then through the night. This remarkable man sleeps only between shows, for about fifteen minutes at a time.
And here's an excerpt from a typical TV schedule....
Mino also hosts the twice-a-day-show Who Wants to be a Millionaire, even though a million yen isn't worth that much at all.
The Japanese version is very similar to the British original, with the chance to phone a friend or ask the audience. The main difference is that every single question in the show is about the presenter himself....
It'll be sad day when, come April, Mino's familiar face will no longer be seen on television screens here.
His colleagues at all of the TV stations where he works (which means all of the TV stations) have kindly got him a little retirement gift....
....just so that he can keep up appearances.