Thursdays, 10.00 – 10.54 p.m. from 9 April 2015
35-year-old Morita Haruki is a surgeon who only thinks about saving patients 24 hours a day, every day. A compassionate man with a strong sense of justice, he pushes back against the university hospital system which prioritises profit and power. However, he has forgotten how to love because he has put work before romance and his hectic job. In order to hone his skills as a surgeon, Haruki gets a position at Koyo Medical University Hospital through his senior, Nishi Yusuke, an associate professor at the department of surgery. After parting ways with Nishi at a hotel, Haruki learns that a guest had thrown up blood and collapsed at the reception hall, and he rushes over to the scene. Kondo Chizuru, a surgeon from Koyo Medical University Hospital who had been attending the reception, is already treating the guest. However, word comes that the condition of her patient suddenly deteriorated. Haruki makes an offer to take over and urges her to go back to the hospital. When he visits Koyo Medical University Hospital the next day, he meets Chizuru again and tells her that they will be working together. That morning, Watanabe Mikio, the head of the administrative department, delivers a talk to all staff including anaesthetist Kawai Nana, lecturer Takahashi Sotaro and the physician Ichikawa Tomoko. Watanabe reports that the head of the medical department was made to resign because of adultery. He tells everyone that the hospital has the right to remove elements which have an impact on operations and romantic problems within the hospital will be dealt with severely in the future. Haruki is warned by his senior, One Ryota, not to examine anything beyond what is written in the letter of introduction, and immediately sees an outpatient. However, Haruki only has the patient’s interest in mind, and a patient referred to for surgery ends up going back. Haruki clashes with One. Meanwhile, he learns that Miura, the patient Chizuru is in charge of, has been complaining that he is not feeling well even though he is due to be discharged soon. He suggests an additional examination to Chizuru. However, Chizuru replies that he would be better off going back to the previous hospital if he wants to spend time and be there for individual patients … …
Saito Takumi as Morita Haruki
A surgeon from a hospital in the outskirts who takes a position at Koyo Medical University Hospital. He only thinks about saving patients 24 hours a day, every day. A compassionate man with a strong sense of justice. However he tends to get emotionally involved in his patients. He is bewildered by the university hospital system which prioritises profit and power, but pushes back against it in order to find his own path. He gets attracted to Kondo Chizuru who puts work before everything else.
Ishida Yuriko as Kondo Chizuru
A surgeon at Koyo Medical University Hospital. She has pride in her work as a doctor and because she has put work before everything else, she has passed marriageable age by the time she realised it. Called the “Iron Lady”, she is disliked by colleagues. She believes work and patients lives come before romance, but starts to get drawn to the younger Morita Haruki.
Aibu Saki as Kawai Nana
An anaesthetist at Koyo Medical University Hospital and a single mother. A female who is acknowledged to be aggressive and takes the initiative in relationships with men. She is searching for a marriage partner with good prospects for the sake of her young son. She is attracted to Takahashi Sotaro.
Hirayama Hiroyuki as Takahashi Sotaro
A surgeon at Koyo Medical University Hospital. He considers Morita Haruki as his rival. The son of the director of a large private district hospital. He seems indiscriminate in love and has sexual dependency, but actually likes Kondo Chizuru.
Miyake Hiroki as One Ryota
A surgeon at Koyo Medical University Hospital. He is married with a child but makes passes at various females. Because he has an inferiority complex, he flatters and acts obsequiously to the professor with the aim of getting promoted.
Itaya Yuka as Ichikawa Tomoko
A physician at Koyo Medical University Hospital. Kondo Chizuru’s good friend and a candid person with whom she can talk about anything. She is married, but cannot conceive a child and is undergoing fertility treatment.
Ihara Tsuyoshi as Nishi Yusuke
A surgeon and associate professor at Koyo Medical University Hospital. He understands Morita Haruki well. He is caught between the professor and his subordinates at the university. At home, he is constantly pressured to become a professor by his wife’s parents.
Namase Katsuhisa as Watanabe Mikio
The head of Koyo Medical University Hospital’s administrative department. Because turnover comes first and he is preoccupied with cost-effectiveness, he starts to have conflicts with Morita Haruki. He has more power within the hospital than a professor.
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