Kageri Yuku Natsu

Kageri

Official Website
www.wowow.co.jp/dramaw/kageriyukunatsu

Broadcast
Sundays, 10.00 – 11.00 p.m. from 18 January 2015

Station
WOWOW

Story
In 1995, a newborn baby was kidnapped at Yokosuka Keiyokai Hospital. The criminal demanded a ransom of 100 million yen from the director of the hospital instead of the baby’s parents. But after the criminal had the large sum of money in hand, he died in an accident while being pursued by the police. The baby was never found. 20 years on, a major newspaper, Tozai Shimbun, has informally decided to employ a female university student, Asakura Hiroko, because of her excellent results. However, shock ripples within the newspaper because of a weekly magazine’s scoop that she is actually the daughter of the criminal in the kidnapping case. The human resource manager, Muto Seiichi, protects Hiroko in every way possible and does everything he can to bring her on board. Meanwhile, Kaji Hidekazu, a former hotshot journalist who has been relegated to a marginal employee in the wake of an incident, is ordered by the company president, Sugino Junichi, to re-investigate the kidnapping case. When he visits the people involved in the case at that time and interviews them one after another, an unexpected suspicion surfaces. He begins to dig up the shocking, tragic truth which had been kept under wraps.

Characters
Watabe Atsuro as Kaji Hidekazu
A former ace journalist of Tozai Shimbun’s local news desk. He was in charge of the kidnapping case 20 years ago. However, he was demoted because of an incident and now works for the editorial office’s data and research room.

Tokito Saburo as Muto Seiichi
Tozai Shimbun’s head of human resources. He is Kaji Hidekazu’s former superior and understands him well. His only son, Junji, belongs to the same university law faculty as Asakura Hiroko. Concerned about Asakura Hiroko, he tries to let her join the company.

Kadowaki Mugi as Asakura Hiroko
A university student and prospective employee of Tozai Shimbun. She is also the daughter of the criminal in the kidnapping case and was raised by adoptive parents after her father died while on the run. Her father’s criminal past is published by a weekly magazine.

Suda Masaki as Muto Shunji
Muto Seiichi’s only son. He is in the same university law faculty as Asakura Hiroko.

Iwamatsu Ryo as Inoue Shuhei
A former Kanagawa Prefectural Police detective who was in charge of the kidnapping case. He is now the security chief of a supermarket.

Takito Kenichi as Horie Junji
An equities sales person. On the day of the kidnapping, he was at Keiyokai Hospital discussing stock trading with Otsuki Sadatoshi, the hospital director at that time.

Toda Masahiro as Tezuka Soichi
The father of the kidnapped newborn baby, Natsuo. He and his wife, Asako, have been supporting each other ever since Natsuo’s abduction.

Shimada Kyusaku as Otsuki Sadatoshi
The former director of Yokosuka Keiyokai Hospital where the kidnapping case took place. He assists Kaji Hidekazu with his investigation.

Maeda Atsuko as Kahara Yu
She was the only witness of the kidnapping case when she was 5 years old. She now works in the sex industry.

Moriguchi Yoko as Tezuka Asako
The mother of the kidnapped newborn baby, Natsuo. She cannot accept the reality that her son was abducted.

Hashizume Isao as Sugino Junichi
The representative director of Tozai Shimbun. He gives a direct order to Kaji Hidekazu to reinvestigate the kidnapping case.

Itaya Yuka as Sugawa Ayuko
Kaji Hidekazu’s ex-wife. She has a daughter attending junior high school. She worries about the present Kaji.

Click here for photos from the press conference.

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2 Responses to Kageri Yuku Natsu

  1. John says:

    Have watched the first two episodes and I’m hooked. Can’t wait to see what happens next.

  2. neko says:

    The only thing I find implausible is the ease and willingness with which people talk to an investigative reporter who just shows up at their door and wants highly-detailed accounts of a personal trauma for reasons which he won’t divulge… Other than that, love the atmosphere. Translation very good as usual.

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