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Greetings from the Outskirts of Kyoto vol.19

INOUE Shōichi (Director-General)
April 28, 2022

I think this whenever I look at my face in the mirror. How I have grown old!

I sometimes appear on TV. When I look at recordings of myself, there is no avoiding it. Whichever way I look at it, I am an old man. I am the oldest of all the guests in the studio. Sometimes I end up, despite myself, thinking such thoughts. It is probably time for me to give up TV work. Such is my negative mood.

However, an event happened very recently that made me change my mind on this. My four year-old grand-daughter was absolutely thrilled when she saw me appear on TV. My daughter showed me a video of her shouting, “Grandad! Grandad! Grandad!”

My grand-daughter was that excited about me! On seeing that video, I made up my mind not to give up TV work. I intend to persevere through my advancing years, so long as I am in demand. This is what I now think.

My regular appearance on a certain TV program―a very modest undertaking―has just begun.