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Monta Mino (みの もんた Mino Monta?), born Norio Minorikawa (御法川 法男 Minorikawa Norio, born 22 August 1944), is a Japanese television presenter. He is the host of Quiz $ Millionaire, the Japanese version of the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.

In 2008, Mino was recognized by the Guinness World Records as being the TV host with the most hours of live TV appearances in a week (22 hours, 15 seconds). This breaks his earlier 2006 record of 21 hours, 42 minutes.

Career

Mino is from Setagaya in Tokyo. He graduated from Rikkyo High School and Rikkyo University. After a short stint in the conservative newspaper Sankei Shimbun, he was transferred to sister company Nippon Cultural Broadcasting in 1967, where he worked as a radio announcer reading the news, covering baseball games, and hosting the late-night program Sei! Young. The name Mino Monta originated in the opening to another NCB program he hosted, "All Japan Pop 20". He left NCB in 1979 to work at his father's company in Aichi Prefecture, but continued to read the news as a contractor for Aichi Broadcasting.

He presents the morning news show Mino Monta no Asa Zuba! (みのもんたの朝ズバッ!), Quiz $ Millionaire (the Japanese version of the British quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?), and the Sunday evening Amazing Animals (どうぶつ奇想天外, Dōbutsukisōtengai), among other programmes. Mino also hosted the long-running afternoon television programme Omoikkiri TV (おもいっきりテレビ) in which he dispensed lifestyle and health advice; it was discontinued in 2007.

He claims he only needs four hours of sleep every night in spite of hosting eleven TV programmes, including news shows, talk shows, wildlife shows and quiz shows, and appearing on television every day of the week except Sunday.

Trivia

  • In the clip show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?: Chris' Final Answer, British host Chris Tarrant referred to Monta as 'the master of suspense', in reference to his management of Yasuyuki Kunimitsu's 2000 top-prize win.
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