Mino Monta (I always thought it was one word) has set a Guinness world record for most hours on TV in a single week (21 and a bit; presumably people on Big Brother-style shows are being excluded from competing). This is not at all surprising; the guy is everywhere.

He also just released his first single, 「夜の虫」 ("/Insects? (of the|at) night/"). Yep: enka. Word on the streets is that it sounds like an Okinawan folk song.

Bonus Mino Monta link.

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My Japanese university students pretty much universally hated this guy--they said he was "うさんくさい." (They taught me this word.)

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