Dateline NBC (NBC, 10-11 p.m.): Among the crimes against humanity committed by Japan during World War II, the enslavement of women in military brothels looms large. Since then, the victims have had to endure not only the memory, but also decades of denial by postwar Japanese administrations claiming that if it happened at all, corrupt civilians were responsible.
Now that Japan has made a grudging acknowledgment that the terrible practice was government-sponsored, many of the surviving women have been speaking out - 50 years later. One of the segments in this week's edition of the news magazine is a report by Dennis Murphy on how the women's demands for reparations are faring, and how the facts of the case were originally brought out. He talks with Etsuro Totsuka, a Japanese lawyer who began studying the issue in 1991, at first buying the government denials, then
finding documents that revealed the truth. Mr. Totsuka has given up his law practice and is devoting his full time to this cause. * WEDNESDAY
Seven Deadly Sins: an MTV News Special Report (MTV, 10-11 p.m.): Does a concept like the "seven deadly sins" still have any meaning for youth?
Yes or no, it does have meaning for a cable channel like MTV - enough, at least, to peg a show on. The result is a series of stories featuring well-known figures and how each deals with one of these proverbial vices. Rock star Evan Dando of Lemonheads finds he has to cope with lust. Alsion Sweeney discusses gluttony in the context of her recent bulimia. Baseball player Ruben Amaro Jr. faces envy; poet Kathy Ebel encounters anger (in connection with being abused as a child); and a "gaybasher," Jim Baines,
says he has a problem with pride. The production offers news footage and - since this is MTV - some pop music along the way.
Live Viewer Call-in Program (C-Span, 8-8:45 a.m., E.T.): Viewers can phone in for a chance to speak directly with politicians, journalists, and other figures.
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