From 10.00 p.m., Mondays, 16 January 2023
20 years ago, Inukai Kosuke, a member of the House of Representatives, offered a hand to Washizu Toru who had ended up on the streets. Feeling indebted to Inukai, Toru devoted his life to him as his first secretary. He deftly handles petitions from Inukai’s supporters and crushes potential scandals, always keeping his cool, never showing his emotions and humbling himself to anyone to get what Inukai needs. As a result of Toru’s support, Inukai rose to become the Minister of State for the Cabinet Office although he is treated somewhat frostily by the party’s secretary general Tsurumaki Kenichi, Minister of Health, Welfare and Labour Kamoi Yuko and the Prime Minister Ryuzaki Hajime for triggering public backlash for comments that belittle women. However, all of this suddenly changes when Toru’s son Taiki sustains serious injuries and is on the verge of death. Toru is instructed by Inukai to cover up the shocking incident. After all these years of suppressing himself and putting up with whatever comes his way, Toru feels betrayed. Using his resourcefulness, personal connections and information that he acquired during his long career as a secretary, he pursues the truth about the person who critically injured his son as he plots revenge against Inukai for trying to cover up the incident by wielding his power.
Kusanagi Tsuyoshi as Washizu Toru
The secretary of Inukai Kosuke, a member of the House of Representatives. He has served Inukai devotedly for a long time, working behind the scenes as his shadow to handle petitions from supporters and crush any hint of scandal. All of this comes to an end when Inukai orders that he cover up the incident that left his son gravely injured.
Igawa Haruka as Washizu Kanako
Washizu Toru’s wife. She does the housework and takes care of their only son Taiki on her own while Toru works without rest. She supports her husband when he decides to revolt, becoming the only person to walk this difficult path with him.
Sugino Yosuke as Ebisawa Masato
He winds up working in the same office as Washizu Toru as a secretary in training. Although he had been conducting research into plants in graduate school, he quit school due to his family’s circumstances. No one knows his innermost thoughts.
Ozawa Yukiyoshi as Takano Satoshi
A Diet member who belongs to the Democratic Party’s Tsurumaki faction. He is a second generation politician who inherited the constituency of his father who was an ally of Tsurumaki Kenichi. Washizu Toru’s old friend and the only one he can trust in Nagatacho.
Honda Hirotaro as Inukai Kosuke
The Diet member whom Washizu Toru serves. He is the Minister of State for the Cabinet Office and belongs to Tsurumaki Kenichi’s faction. Although he shoves all the troublesome things to Toru, he will take credit for achievements but failures are Toru’s responsibility.
Takahashi Katsunori as Ryuzaki Hajime
The Prime Minister who rose to lead the country at a young age, but realises that he cannot overplay his hand against Tsurumaki Kenichi because of the latter’s power.
Katahira Nagisa as Kamoi Yuko
A female Diet member who became a minister at a young age. She belongs to Tsurumaki Kenichi’s faction. She has been active in activities that support women and wants to be the country’s first female prime minister.
Kishibe Ittoku as Tsurumaki Kenichi
The secretary general of the ruling Democratic Party and leader of the Tsurumaki faction. He considers lawmakers to be his pawns. Even if he gives them chances despite their youth, he is also quick to ditch them if they turn into enemies.
Goto Noriko (Uso no Sensou, Kazoku no Katachi, Toshi Densetsu no Onna Series)