NHK Drama Specials 2010 (Fourth Quarter)

Te no Hira no Memo
Date: From 9.00 p.m., 23 October 2010
Cast: Itaya Yuka, Tanaka Yoshiko, Honda Hirotaro, Sano Shiro, Kazama Toru, Aki Takejo, Nomoto Gakuji, Hasegawa Kazuki, Komoto Masahiro, Kanie Ippei, Kamio Yu, Hashizume Ryo, Tanaka Tetsushi, Arikawa Hiroshi, Iwasaki Kaneko
Synopsis: Tanemoto Chiaki (Itaya Yuka), a career woman who works at an advertising agency, is a single mother with a 6-year-old son, Toru. One day, Toru dies from an asthmatic attack. He had developed a fever at playschool, but Yuka determined that his condition was fine when she brought him home, and had gone to office to attend an important meeting. After the meeting, which ran over time, she went to the house of the man she has been dating instead of returning home immediately. As a consequence, Yuka is charged by prosecutors with neglecting her asthmatic son and letting him die.

Osaka Love & Soul ~ Kono Kuni de Ikiru Koto
Date: From 9.00 p.m., 6 November 2010
Cast: Nagayama Kento, Kishibe Ittoku, Minami Kaho, Mitsubayashi Kyoko, Ishikura Saburo
Synopsis: Kaneda Tetsuhiro (Nagayama Kento) is a third-generation Korean living in Japan. He overcomes obstacles with his girlfriend Neichi, a Burmese refugee, and decides to marry in Japan against the objections of his father, Teruo (Kishibe Ittoku), who was born during the Korean War.

Kokoro no Ito
Date: From 9.00 p.m., 27 November 2010
Cast: Matsuyuki Yasuko, Kamiki Ryunosuke, Tanimura Mitsuki, Sometani Shota, Ishibashi Renji
Synopsis: Nagakura Akito (Kamiki Ryunosuke), a third year high school student, lives with his mother, Reiko (Matsuyuki Yasuko), who works for a seafood products manufacturer in Ishikawa Prefecture. Because Reiko was born deaf, Akito has been taking care of his mother since he was young. Reiko thinks her handicap is a weakness and wishes to triumph over her surroundings by making her son a first-rate pianist. However, her expectations are a burden to Akito. Meanwhile, Akito meets Onuki Izumi (Tanimura Mitsuki), who is performing live on the street, happily playing the keyboard. She is also a deaf person. Through his encounter with Izumi, Akito gradually begins to have doubts about his family’s way of life. Reiko firmly stands in Akito’s way, but he eventually learns about his mother’s past which has not been spoken of up to now … …

Sayonara, Aruma
Date: From 9.00 p.m., 18 December 2010
Cast: Katsuji Ryo, Naka Riisa, Kusabue Mitsuko, Kato Seishiro, Matsumoto Runa, Ishihara Yoshizumi, Azuma Terumi, Nishiuchi Mariya, Tamayama Tetsuji, Koizumi Kotaro, Ikeuchi Hiroyuki, Yabe Kyosuke, Saito Takumi, Kawano Taro, Oguri Shun, Kakuda Nobuaki, Nakamura Shido, Manda Hisako, Otaki Hideji
Synopsis: In 1942, Asahina Taichi (Katsuji Ryo), an animal lover, takes a german shepherd called Aruma under his care because he has fallen in love at first sight with Takahashi Ayako (Naka Riisa), the teacher who leads Kawakami Kenta and Chizu – the children who own Aruma. Impressed with Aruma’s superiority, he raises the dog as a military dog. Then, Aruma is drafted by the army and the children bid him farewell with tears streaming down their faces. Taichi worries and agonises over his decision. After one year at the front, Taichi decides to move to Manchuria, where Aruma is, to be a military dog trainer. What awaits him there is a reality that goes beyond his imagination …

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