Maki Aran, the teenage prime minister with a personal agenda: Kamio Fuju
17 years old, he is the AI-chosen "prime minister" with a hidden agenda. Reticent and smart, he keeps cool in any situation, yet passionately stands against the adults who argue for their own interests. Playing this enigmatic character is Kamio Fuju, with several leading roles under his belt and now starring in an NHK drama for the first time.
Sagawa Sachi, whose love for Aran is pivotal to the story: Yamada Anna
A highschool girl who idolized Aran and deligently supports his governing of Utopi-AI as an aide.The issues faced by her family represent the chronic problems of contemporary society, such as the fruitless workstyles of her parents' generation, the incessant nursing care for the elderly, school truancy, and school bullying.
Taira Kiyoshi, a key figure in the experiment with a hidden intent: Hoshino Gen
As Utopi-AI's project manager, Taira Kiyoshi supports Aran's personal development in a fraternal way, while carrying the hopes of the Prime Minister as his eventual successor. The role is played by Hoshino Gen, whose accomplishments as an actor, musician and writer are well-proven.
The "Rashomon" author's visit to China during a period of turmoil in the 1920s. Watch Now >
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. Watch Now >
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. Watch Now >
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. Watch Now >
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. Watch Now >
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
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