Shukatsu Kazoku ~ Kitto, Umaku Iku

Shukatsu

Official Website
www.tv-asahi.co.jp/shukatsukazoku

Broadcast
From 9.00 p.m., Thursdays, 12 January 2017

Network
TV Asahi

Story
Tomikawa Yosuke, the head of human resource at major steel company, Nippon Tekko Kinzoku, has the unenviable role of recruiting new graduates and advising on layoffs. A promotion to be a member of the board is close at hand. His wife Mizuki has also been sounded out about an extension of her employment at the private junior high school where she teaches Japanese language, and they decide to buy a home. As Tomikawa continues the recruitment interviews of students day after day, he is approached by the head of general affairs Watabiki, who joined the company at the same time as himself, about hiring the son of the president of an influential client. Watabiki urges him to earn the favour of the senior management, but the honest Tomikawa completely refuses to listen to him and says the selection of candidates will be done fairly. One day, a student comes to Tomikawa and tells him, “You told me that no company requires someone like me, but I’ve received job offers from five companies. Please let me take this company’s interview again.” But he refuses, calling it an impossible arrangement. The student watches Tomikawa quickly leave with a telling expression on his face. On the other hand, the layoff advisory also does not go down well. A female employee Kawamura Yuko, who is going to be retrenched, beseeches Tomikawa to let her remain in the company. Although he withholds his reply, this incident leads to an unexpected situation later on. At this moment, Tomikawa is not the only one in the family who has a problem. So do Mizuki, their daughter Shiori and son Hikaru. Hikaru, a third-year university student, is looking for a job. But there is no indication that he will be able to get any job offers. His mother sees him come out of a host club downtown and feels shaken. His older sister Shiori works for a jewellery maker and worries about sexual harassment at her company every day. One day, Tomikawa discovers that the student he had turned away the other day is the son of a bank president who is a business connection. He receives an order from his company president Matoba to let the young man join the company no matter what it takes. Shocking reality swoops in on not just Tomikawa, but also Mizuki and their two children. It completely changes their family life. The bonds of this seemingly peaceful family start to fall apart and each of them take a tumble.

Characters
Miura Tomokazu as Tomikawa Yosuke
An elite salaryman who is the head of human resource at a large steel manufacturer, Nippon Tekko Kinzoku. He is principled and has served his company for many years. He is currently in charge of hiring new graduates and announcing layoffs, which is unpleasant work but a heavy responsibility. Because he is inflexible and tactless, his career advancement has been slower than his peers although his employees have strong faith in him. However, just when a board directorship is finally within reach, he has to do something that is against his principles?

Kuroki Hitomi as Tomikawa Mizuki
Tomikawa Yosuke’s wife who dreams of buying her own home. Because she loves flowers, she wants to plant flowers in the garden. Although her smile is her charming point, she can be depended on for her family. She has a job as a Japanese language teacher at a private junior high school. She has the confidence of her students and their parents but … …

Maeda Atsuko as Tomikawa Shiori
Tomikawa Yosuke’s daughter. She is calculating and not shy about depending on people such as flattering her father and receiving an allowance from him. She is troubled by sexual harassment at JewelD, the jewellery maker where she works, and applies for a department transfer. However, the place she is transferred to is a harsh department that is beyond her imagination.

Kudo Asuka as Tomikawa Hikaru
Tomikawa Yosuke’s son. A student at a third-rate university. He is having trouble in his job hunt. He feels increasingly frustrated as the students around him get job offers one after another. He has a strong sense of justice and has an earnest character, but his tactlessness which he got from his father and his stubbornness regarding the decisions he has made are his flaws.

Kimura Tae as Kawamura Yuko
A Nippon Tekko Kinzoku employee who has been identified for retrenchment. She tells Tomikawa Yosuke that she wants to remain in the company. She was originally Tomikawa’s subordinate and is secretly attracted to him. Because these feelings are not reciprocated, her behaviour towards a sympathetic Tomikawa, puts him in a difficult position … …

Watanabe Dai as Makabe Yuto
An employee of JewelD’s corporate sales department. He lends an ear to Tomikawa Shiori who is troubled by sexual harassment in the merchandise control department and arranges for her transfer to his department. He had been dating his boss Nakahara Ayako previously but gets into a love triangle as a result of Shiori’s advances.

Arai Hirofumi as Kunihara Kota
The boss of Kunihara Career Academy. He recruits Tomikawa Hikaru, who has difficulty in his job hunt, to join his academy. He is an unscrupulous man who preys on students like Hikaru. He cleverly talks them into paying 300,000 yen in fees with the promise to teach them all the necessary techniques for job-hunting and getting them into the companies of their choice.

Yajima Kenichi as Haraguchi Toru
The principal of Fukasawa Junior High School where Tomikawa Mizuki works as a teacher. He appreciates her work and offers to extend her employment.

Yamamoto Mirai as Nakahara Ayako
The capable head of JewelD’s corporate sales department that Tomikawa Shiori is transferred to. Because she had dated Makabe Yuto before, their relationship becomes complicated due to Shiori’s transfer.

Scriptwriter
Hashimoto Hiroshi (Risk no Kamisama, Shinigami-kun, Unmei no Hito)

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