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THEY’RE SERVING SUSHI ON TVWe all get the cookery programmes we deserve. But while here in Italy we might be happy with presenter Antonella Clerici’s recipes or some pots and pans fakery on pay-TV, in Japan cook- ery shows have become a mass mania. Just turn on the TV: on one channel a group of mountain-climbing gourmets will be scaling the heights in search of the perfect mushroom, while on another a few local celebrities will be cooking their favourite meals, and on another channel again the members of some boy-band will be offering their dishes to no less a worthy than prime minister Junichiro Koizumi himself.