UPCOMING 13 JAPANESE DRAMA APRIL 2020


Housewife Kadokura Kumiko (Hada Michiko) lives in a residential neighbourhood in Setagaya with her husband Kazuhiko (Amano Hiroyuki), their two daughters Misaki (Izumi Rika) and Yuzuki (Kita Kana), and her mother-in-law Masako (Matsubara Chieko). They seem to be an ordinary, happy family. But when the sudden news breaks that all life on earth will be wiped out by an approaching meteorite in six months time, Kumiko decides that she cannot confidently say she will be happy together with her family in her last moments. Because there is a man that she likes and she wants to be with him. The family is shocked. But she shakes them off and rushes out of the house when they try to hold her back. But it does not end there. Kumiko’s actions trigger a storm, unleashing the secret desires that her two daughters, husband and also mother-in-law had never even confided to the family all this while. Kai Shogo (Oda Yuji), one of the partners of the law firm Yukimura Uesugi, suddenly recalls the associate Suzuki Daiki (Nakajima Yuto) from Boston Kai Shogo puts Daiki in charge of a case This case involved a large publishing company because they were sued by a former contract worker. The former contract worker insisted that his idea for a novel was stolen by a publishing company. Aihara Mei (Tabe Mikako), a young career woman who works as a medical representative for a pharmaceutical company, is more competent than anyone at work but has no energy for dreaded household chores. On the night of her 28th birthday, an unfamiliar middle-aged man called Shigino Nagisa (Omori Nao) wearing an apron shows up all of a sudden when she comes back home. He turns out to be a super housekeeper who perfectly handles all housework such as cooking, cleaning and washing Meanwhile, she faces a strong rival Tadokoro Yuta (Seto Koji) at work. This is quite a predicament for Mei who is a high achiever and has never lost before. Despite her wariness, Tadokoro quickly gets close to her and she gets swayed by work and romance because of him. Omae Haruko (Shinohara Ryoko) is an A-rank super temporary worker who possesses many skills and qualifications. She will only do the scope stipulated in her contract and never works overtime or on her days off. Although she baffles her colleagues, they gradually come to accept her. With work reforms, ageing, gigs, outsourcing, AI, death from overworking, what will Haruko’s style be in the Reiwa era? Aoi Midori (Ishihara Satomi) has been a pharmacist for eight years. She believes it is essential for a pharmacist to know a patient because medication will affect a patient’s life. Although she wants to save as many patients as possible, she ends up getting too involved and spending time on them. She is reprimanded by other pharmacists to be more effective at work. However, Midori sincerely engages with each patient in the hope of helping them regain the everyday life that they had taken for granted. Jinbo Jin (Tanaka Kei) is a DNA expert who is an associate professor of a genome analysis lab at a university’s faculty of medicine. His interest lies in creating a personal DNA database. One day, a murder takes place in Tokyo and an ‘X’ mark is found on the dead body. Detective Ando Genji (Yasuda Ken) who was supposed to be in charge of the case, is dropped due to the high probability that the criminal is the same serial murderer whom his own wife fell victim to. Ando secretly asked for Jinbo’s help. However, Jinbo wasn’t interested. But the two finally collaborated, they found “a sign hands “that weren’t taken by the investigation headquarters. Meanwhile,
serial killer X commits another murder. Tateoka Ema (Kuriyama Chiaki) is an interrogation specialist who uses behavioural psychology to make suspects confess and boasts a 100% success rate. She can see through the lies of suspects in a split second by reading their “micro-gestures”. Any suspect whom she targets will eventually be forced to make a confession. Tomishima Heita (Kamiki Ryunosuke) is a young employee who has been with a mid-sized construction company.But one day he was transferred to the Department of General Affairs who is responsible for winning big contracts. The job was completely different from his old work and him have to adapt to directors, managers, coworkers who look weird and also scorn people about his department. Naoki Hanzawa (Masato Sakai) works as a loan manager at the Osaka Nishi branch of Tokyo Central Bank. One day, Naoki makes a loan contract for 500 million yen with Nishi Osaka Steel Company. Naoki didn’t want to approve the loan, but he had to due to the branch manager’s order. Nishi Osaka Steel Company seems financially stable, but the company actually hides massive amounts of debt through fraudulent accounts. The company is caught. Three months later, Nishi Osaka Steel Company goes bankrupt. The story begins with the fact that Hanzawa will be transferred to Tokyo Central Securities from Tokyo Central Bank. Akechi Goro (Nakamura Tomoya) is a handsome but very eccentric sleuth of good food. He uses his exceptional knowledge of food to solve food-related murders Kobayashi Ichigo (Koshiba Fuka), the owner of his favourite Ichigo Deli, as an assistant, getting her involved in various cases even though she has only just made his acquaintance. Akechi encounters the beautiful Maria (Koike Eiko). The self-professed Mary Magdalene transforms into a serial killer after meeting him they finds themselves drawn to each other despite their adversarial relationship as sleuth and murderer. Shima Kazumi (Hoshino Gen) is called in to be a member of the newly established Mobile Investigative Unit 4 which is meant to help various divisions such as the First Investigative Division. Shima is the type that doesn’t trust anyone and is uncomfortable about Ibuki. He gathered information about him but increasingly he checked, the more he was restless. The first day of duty for Mobile Investigative Unit 4 finally arrives. Shima forms a good impression of Ibuki who is surprisingly courteous when they meet for first time, One day, Adachi-san (Adachi Yumi) is approached by the editor-in-chief of a female magazine with a proposal to run a series about throwing away a personal belonging in each issue, based on the theme of parting with possessions and living more comfortably. That night, Adachi-san falls asleep like always. But a mysterious girl and the personification of the items that she has held onto appear one after another in her dream, asking to be thrown away. Serizawa Tatsumi (Suzuki Kyoka) is the charismatic owner of a popular ramen chain which gets long queues day after day. She also a food consultant who saves ramen shops facing difficulties. She helps a street of ramen shops to gradually prosper through extraordinary ideas and calculated measures.

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