TELEVIEWS, a weekly column on Japanese TV that appears in THE DAILY YOMIURI, this week takes a look at what makes Japanese TV different.

Beat Takeshi has been doing quite well with an unsettling, almost spooky, medical check/health advice variety show called Saishu Keikoku: Takeshi no Honto wa Kowai Katei no Igaku (Medical Horror Check Show, Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on the TV Asahi network).