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Itsuka Hi no Ataru Basho de
Date: Tuesdays, 10.00 p.m. 8 January 2013
Station: NHK
Cast: Ueto Aya, Iijima Naoko, Saito Takumi, Daito Shunsuke, Fukutoku Shusuke, Fujita Tomoko, Matsukane Yoneko, Ryu Raita, Asano Atsuko
Synopsis: One (Ueto Aya) did it for the man she loved, the other (Iijima Naoko) to protect the life of her son. Two women stumbled in life because they committed crimes. After they are released from prison, they stay together and begin new lives in the old district of Yanaka in Tokyo while carrying pasts that no one must not know.
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Mahoro Ekimae Bangaichi
Date: January 2013
Station: TV Tokyo
Cast: Matsuda Ryuhei, Eita
Synopsis: In the fictional town of Mahoro on the outskirts of Tokyo is Tada Benriken, a small business which does odd jobs. Its owner is the solemn and level-headed Tada Keisuke (Matsuda Ryuhei), and his unexpected guest, the easygoing but vague Gyoten Haruhiko (Eita), a former junior high school classmate who showed up one day and started to sponge on him. The two of them get on like oil and water, and yet are somehow inseparable. They receive queer, dubious incoming odd job requests which they accept, and what comes into view are the friendship between them as well as the backgrounds of their clients.
Website: www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/mahoro

Yae no Sakura*NEW*
Date: Sundays, 8.00 p.m. January 2013
Station: NHK
Cast: Ayase Haruka, Nishijima Hidetoshi, Hasegawa Hiroki, Goriki Ayame, Kuroki Meisa, Matsushige Yutaka, Fubuki Jun, Hasegawa Kyoko, Kudo Asuka, Ayano Go, Inamori Izumi, Tamayama Tetsuji, Ikeuchi Hiroyuki, Saito Takumi, Kitamura Yukiya, Nakamura Shido, Nishida Toshiyuki, Kanjiya Shihori, Ashina Sei, Ichikawa Mikako, Shirahane Yuri, Akiyoshi Kumiko, Koizumi Kotaro, Murakami Hiroaki, Furuya Kenji, Namase Katsuhisa, Ichikawa Somegoro, Kosakai Kazuki, Sorimachi Takashi, Kato Masaya, Kikkawa Koji
Synopsis: Niijima Yae (Ayase Haruka), who grew up in the Aizu domain, was a spunky girl despite her mother’s wishes that she be feminine. Because of anecdotes of how she barricaded herself with 500 women in Tsuruga Castle while being beseiged during the Boshin War, and fought with guns, she was acclaimed as the “Joan of Arc of the late Edo period”. After the Meiji Restoration, she became the wife of Niijima Jo, who had returned from America. She soon joined the Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War together with her Aizu comrades as Japan’s first volunteer nurses, going from warrior woman to Japan’s Nightingale.
Website: www9.nhk.or.jp/yaenosakura

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