Now regular losers, er, readers will know, Our Man cares as much for TV talents (for that is how the gormless skinny things on the telly are known in Japan) as he does for manga comic books. But, here's a little tale of both to tickle your downmarket desires.
One of Our Man's Tokyo agent provocateur had just nipped off from her office for a quick lunch, when she ran into a horde of teenage girls cordoned off from a main street where none other than Katori Shingo of SMAP fame (an aging boy band, one of whose, er, members showed his arse a couple of weeks back when he got pissed in a park) was shooting a scene for The Police Box In Front Of Kameari-Park, a live-action remake of the famous manga (which Our Man had never heard of until he saw this here about 30 minutes ago) of the same name. (GET ON WITH IT - Ed.)
Anyway, there were loads of security bouncer types around to control the crowd and didn't let anyone near the talents doing their acting thing. Apart from one chap, that is. One good fella with tattoos. Yes, a yakuza hoodlum was snapping happily away with his digi-cam, parting the bouncers like Moses late for a meeting with the MD.
Now, Our Man isn't suggesting that our golden talent of the silver screen (I'm losing my patience with you - Ed) is up to his scrawny neck in underworld connections, merely that perhaps he should change his bodyguard.
Our Man hears that chap in Libya (sorry, don't know how to spell Qaddafi) has quite a unique one.