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A dramatization of the classic of Japanese and world literature depicting a story of doomed love in a wintry setting.
Fifty years after the death of famed novelist Kawabata Yasunari, this drama presents a new perspective on his Nobel Prize-winning work, Snow Country.

On a train bound for the snowy mountains of northwestern Japan, a writer named Shimamura notices two fellow-passengers: an ill man named Yukio and the young woman who attends him, Yoko. Gazing at their otherworldly reflection in the train window, Shimamura wonders if they might be husband and wife. Arriving at an inn, Shimamura spends the night with a geisha named Komako. The next day, he visits the room where Komako lives and finds Yoko there. It seems that Komako and Yoko live in the same house as the ill man Yukio. Komako explains that she has known Yukio since they were children, and Shimamura also comes to understand that Komako became a geisha in order to help pay Yukio's medical bills. But if so, why is Yoko the one who nurses Yukio? The complex relations among Komako, Yukio and Yoko gradually become clear to him, though he views them and his own involvement as "wasted effort."

Enhanced by the charm of an ancient hot spring town, this drama explores the subtle yearnings of the heart set against the gorgeous silver scenery of Japan's snow country. The truth hidden between the lines of the original novel is slowly revealed as elements of a mystery fall into place.

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TEEN REGIME
A dictator or a savior? The 17-year-old prime minister designated by an AI.
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The year is 202X. Japan is in deep stagnation. In an attempt to overturn the situation, Prime Minister Washida launches project Utopi-AI, an experimental endeavor utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) to select leaders to govern a demoralized city.
The AI's choice for the city's leader is Maki Aran, a high school boy of 17 with dreams for a utopian society. Its choices for other governing members are also in their early 20s. With this young team, Aran utilizes AI to direct reforms and turn a dispirited city into an idealistic Utopi-AI. Original screenplay by Yoshida Reiko, writer of many hit animated features.
Momo and the Seven Papagenos
A young woman goes on a journey to discover options beyond suicide.
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In the context of this program, "Papagenos" are people who have thoughts of suicide, but discover their own reasons and philosophies to make different choices and live. Media research has revealed that sharing the stories of people with experiences like these can help prevent suicide. This was named the "Papageno Effect" after the character from the opera "The Magic Flute."
Kurara: The Dazzling Life of Hokusai's Daughter
The life of a talented painter trapped in the shadow of an iconic artist.
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An American magazine calls Katsushika Hokusai one of 100 people who left the most important achievements of the past millennium. Assisting him behind the scenes however was a woman: his daughter, O-Ei. For the first time, NHK WORLD-JAPAN brings a historical drama filmed in high definition 4K, telling O-Ei's story.
A Stranger in Shanghai
The "Rashomon" author's visit to China during a period of turmoil in the 1920s.
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China is tumultuous in 1921 when the famed Japanese author of "Rashomon," Ryunosuke Akutagawa, visits Shanghai as a correspondent. Here he encounters revolutionaries, courtesans and much more...
How to be Likable in a Crisis
A public relations specialist for a university confronts social contradictions and individual sorrows. A comedy.
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Kanzaki Makoto's likability helped him glide through life until he gets caught up in a web of corruption at his PR job at a university. This black comedy is a microcosm of modern Japan.
(All characters and events in this drama are fictional.)
To Heal the Heart
Based on the life of a pioneer researcher of PTSD in Japan, the series depicts his mission to stand by those deeply hurt by tragedy.
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Based on the life of An Katsumasa, a Korean psychiatrist who lived in Japan, this series tells the story of one doctor's capacity for love. When the Great Hanshin Earthquake strikes Japan in January 1995, protagonist An Kazutaka springs into action to care for the mental health of others, even though he is a victim himself. He listens to the concerns of earthquake survivors, empathizes with their pain, and eventually becomes a pioneer researcher of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) in Japan. An's deep bond with his wife, who stays by his side through many hardships, is also depicted, as are the heartfelt ties he forms with his patients.
Mini-Dramas on SDGs
Two-minute dramas putting spotlight on the sustainable future that leaves no one behind.
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NHK WORLD-JAPAN's short drama series to carry a message about the importance of coming together to create a society that leaves no one behind. The two-minute films are based on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set out by the United Nations. Each vignette depicts some aspect of Japan's effort to achieve the targets in a dramatic setting.
Our Rainy Days
A heartwarming drama that captures a day spent dealing with menstruation and PMS.
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A young photographer struggles with PMS during a crucial swimsuit shoot. After the model announces that her period's arrived, comical chaos ensues as the crew responds and learns valuable lessons.
About NHK Drama Showcase
Watch the latest J-dramas, which offers everything from romance, comedy and sci-fi to gritty shows. Discover how the latest Japanese actors and creators bring dramas to life in fresh new ways.