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Japanese TV Host Is World's Busiest

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

TOKYO —  There's no escaping Norio Minorikawa on Japanese TV. He hosts news shows, talk shows, wildlife shows _ even his country's version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."

On Tuesday he reaped the benefit of all that work: a Guinness World Record for most live hours on the tube by a TV host.

The hyperactive TV personality, better known to Japanese TV fans as Monta Mino, spends a total of 21 hours and 42 minutes every week on live TV across 11 shows, according to the Guinness Web site.

"I'm touched. I want to die talking," Minorikawa told London-based Guinness Chief Operating Officer Alistair Richards at a presentation ceremony in Tokyo.

Minorikawa hosts a further five prerecorded programs including "Millionaire," the wildlife show "Amazing Animals" and "Full Throttle TV," on which he advises viewers on lifestyle, health and relationships.


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