Channel 9 (Spectrum) and 20 (Hawaiian Telcom) (Programs are subject to change, without notice. For updated information, call 847–2021)

“Seven Detectives 2,” premiers Thursday, July 18 at 8 p.m.; and repeats Friday, July 19 at 1 p.m.

Division 12 of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department is ridiculed as the “banishment room” where hardened detectives who cannot be fired are sent. No matter how glorious your past may have been, once you are sent there, you can forget about ever returning to the limelight again. The detectives in Division 12, however, are actually all excellent detectives, they just have their own idiosyncrasies and are tough to handle. No matter how their individual characters may clash with one another though, they still work as a team to resolve all the tough cases assigned to them.

“And I Love You So,” premiers Friday, July 5 at 4 p.m.

This romantic drama revolves around the lives of Joanna and Trixie, who find themselves pitted against each other in everything they want. They become bitter rivals in school and even to love when they fall for the same guy. The rivalry intensifies and becomes more complicated when they are forced under one roof as stepsisters.

“Beautiful Strangers,” premiers Saturday, July 6 at 6 p.m.; and repeats on Sunday at 5 p.m.

Kristine befriends a homeless girl named Leah, only to learn that her real name is Joyce and she was sexually abused by her father. Eventually, the truth comes out.Will their friendship be able to withstand the reality?

“Makeover Mom,”  premiers on Sunday, July 14 at 8 p.m.; and repeats on Monday at 2 p.m.

Moms lead busy lives caring for their homes and families, often putting their own needs last. In this special, the attention is focused on mom and support is provided to help her lose weight, get fit and feel beautiful again. Can she do it?

“Downtown Rocket 2,” Sunday, at 9 p.m.

Ryohei Tsukuda is a former researcher at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. He now runs a factory that his father left behind. Ryohei takes part in  the domestic rocket development plan Stardust, run by a large Japanese corporation. One day, Ryohei suddenly hears that the Stardust plan will be shut down.

Naohiro is an employee at Ryohei’s factory. His father has fallen ill and every weekend Naohito goes to his father’s farm to take care of him. There Ryohei sees Naohiro driving a tractor, and is inspired by a new dream.

“The Specialist,” Thursday, at 8 p.m.; and repeats on Friday, at 1 p.m.

Takuma Yoshito, a top–notched criminal profiler with the Kyoto Police Department, is tried and found guilty of rape and attempted murder, and sentenced to 15 years in prison. After serving 10 years of his sentence, the victim of the crimes wakes up from her coma and is able to confirm that her attacker was not Takuma. He is then exonerated from the crimes and freed from prison. He returns to the Kyoto Police Department’s Special Investigation Task Force with a skill he learned in prison – the ability to see things through a criminal’s mind.

“Once Upon a Kiss,” Sunday, at 6 p.m.

Aurora and Eric were both raised in poor families. Together they dreamed of having a better life together. Eric gave up his love for Aurora to pursue Giselle, the daughter of a wealthy family while heartbroken Aurora later marries Jimmy, Eric’s best friend. Eric and Giselle have a boy named Prince, while Aurora and Jimmy have a daughter named Ella. Although their families are mortal enemies, Prince and Ella become childhood friends and fall in love. Can Prince and Ella’s love last or are they doomed to repeat the same history as their parents?

“Oshin,” airs on Tuesday, at 8 p.m.; repeats on Wednesday, at 1 p.m.;  continues on Sunday, at 7 p.m. (Sunday episodes have no repeat during the week)

One of Japan’s most watched series of all time, this story follows the life of Shin Tanokura during the Meiji Period up to the early 1900s. “Oshin” is a girl born in a very poor rural family in Japan, who through hard work and perseverance, eventually triumphs over pain and adversity to achieve fame and success.

“Lone Wolf with Cub,” Friday at 8 p.m.

This series chronicles the story of Ogami Itto, the Shogun’s executioner who uses a Dotanuki battle sword. Disgraced by false accusations from the Yagyu clan, he is forced to take the path of an assassin along with his 3-year-old-son, Daigoro. Together they seek revenge on the Yagyu clan and are known as “Lone Wolf with Cub.”

“Homocide Team 9 – Season 7,” Saturday at 8 p.m.

The members of this elite investigative team are unique individuals with their own personal troubles, but what unites them is their strong sense of justice. They each channel all their energy and skill to solve the most difficult cases.

“Kapuso Mo,” Saturday at 5 p.m. 

A news magazine subtitled in English and hosted by Jessica Soho. Each week, Jessica explores different, fun and fascinating stories on classic and current events, pop culture, foods, celebrities, health and internet trends.

“Kuru Kuru Japan,” Monday through Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Delicious foods of Japan. Cultured salmon in Tottori, bonito cuisine in Kagoshima and more!

“Soko ga Japan,” Monday through Friday at 7 p.m.

This series, which replaces “Soko ga Shiritai,” takes viewers on a journey throughout Japan, highlighting foods and places that define the country that is Japan.

“Mystery Theatre,” Wednesday from 7-9 p.m.

KIKU–TV brings you the best in murder, mystery every Wednesday night, driving this program’s popularity and growth. Episode titles are hand picked from both Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) and TV Asahi.

“Behind the Noren 4,” Sunday at 9 p.m.

The family drama “behind the curtain” continues from season three. Naoko has overcome a variety of handicaps to become the innkeeper of Kaguraya and strong enough to voice her opinions to her monther–in–law, Shino. Naoko wants to prove that anyone can become innkeeper if they have the drive and a true desire to be hospitable to guests. She ultimately hires a cheerful yet dull–witted and sloppy apprentice as trainee, which causes a commotion at Kaguraya.


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