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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.
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On Saturday, 21 March, 2009, Blogger feitclub said:

The first time I saw the Japanese version of Millionaire, I was amazed that they found a Japanese guy who looked like Regis Philbin (the American host). It wasn't until years later that I learned this guy was all over TV just like Regis is in the States.

BTW, they actually give away a lot more than 1 million yen as the top prize.  

On Saturday, 21 March, 2009, Anonymous john turningpin said:

If he's really retiring, then good riddance.

I hate this twat.

He has zero charisma or -- for all his hours on TV notwithstanding -- ability as a host. The fact he makes 17,000 times what I do a year raises my blood to levels high enough that ... Well, they're pretty damn high.

Anyway, eff this guy. Retire and go away already, don't you know?  

On Sunday, 22 March, 2009, Blogger Rafa MJ said:

I've heard they are desperately looking for people to fill the gaps Mino will leave. I guess there will be plenty of positions available now on Japanese TV channels. I may apply for a job there!  

On Sunday, 22 March, 2009, Anonymous Scotty.VOR said:

Television execs are petrified of the impending Mino vacuum. Like someone taking out the last Jenga piece, they're worried the whole of Japanese TV could collapse. Or worse, the gaps would have to be filled by more repeats of Mino.

The first picture bares a freaky similarity with Bob Monkhouse, no?  

On Sunday, 22 March, 2009, Blogger Xylo said:

I thought he was only leaving the "Omoikkiri Ii!! Terebi" program.  

On Sunday, 22 March, 2009, Blogger the englishman said:

Ah, if that's the case, John Turningpin's going to be a bit upset.  

On Sunday, 22 March, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said:

I can't find any information about his retirement in Japanese websites.... because no one cares??  

On Monday, 23 March, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm not retiring! I'm just taking a week off so that they can clone me.

Yoroshiku ne


On Monday, 23 March, 2009, Anonymous john turningpin said:

>I thought he was only leaving the "Omoikkiri Ii!! Terebi" program.


On Tuesday, 24 March, 2009, Blogger Tornadoes28 said:

My God, no. The world is coming to an end. There might as well not be TV anymore. What's the point of watching.  

On Saturday, 04 April, 2009, Blogger Munin said:

Jesus, surely in this day and age modern societies can do without a Lionel Blair figure beamed into their lives. I suddenly feel quite sad. :(  

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