TOKYO DRAMA AWARDS

Festival 2012/Japanese Dramas
Series Drama
(The Grand Prix)
IDATEN : The Epic Marathon to Tokyo
Production Rights NHK
(Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
Broadcast Period January 6 - December 15, 2019
Running Time x
No. of Episodes
45 min x 47 episodes
Chief Producer Kei Kurube
Takuya Shimizu
Producer Shinzo Okamoto
Mio Ietomi
Hiroshi Okoshi
Director Tsuyoshi Inoue
Takegorou Nishimura
Masae Ichiki
Hitoshi One
Scriptwriter Kankuro Kudo
Narrator Beat Takeshi
Cast Kankuro Nakamura
Sadawo Abe
Haruka Ayase
Toma Ikuta
Mirai Moriyama
Ryunosuke Kamiki
Tori Matsuzaka
Shinobu Otake
Koji Yakusho
IDATEN The Epic Marathon to Tokyo
Outline:
 Without Shiso Kanakuri, who was Japan's first Olympic athlete, and Masaji Tabata, who helped bring the Games to Tokyo, the Olympics would never have come to Japan.
 In 1909, when the word “sports” is still a new word in Japan, International Olympic Committee founder Pierre de Coubertin presses Jigoro Kano, the father of competitive judo, to send the first Asian athletes to the Games. Kanakuri, born in rural Kumamoto Prefecture, shows astonishing aptitude for the marathon, and in 1912 competes in the Stockholm Olympics. Race day, however, is unusually hot, and he passes out midway.
 He subsequently works in women's physical education, and starts the now-traditional New Year's Hakone Ekiden relay event. He also competes in the 1920 Antwerp and 1924 Paris Olympics before retiring from competition.
 Masaji Tabata is a swimming coach and newspaper reporter who encourages the development of Japanese athletes. The swimmers bring home a Japanese-record haul of medals from the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, and with the nation now established as a major sporting power, Kano sets to work to bring the Games to Japan in 1940. Tabata travels to Europe, there encountering such figures as Italy's Benito Mussolini and Germany's Adolf Hitler.
 Japan's first women's gold, for swimmer Hideko Maehata at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, sends the nation into a frenzy, and Tokyo is subsequently awarded the 1940 Games. But with the onset of war, all efforts are focussed on the military, and the Games are cancelled.
 In 1945, with the war lost, Tabata sets to work rebuilding, and the “Tokyo Olympics” finally take place in 1964.
 Under a clear blue sky at the opening ceremony, Kanakuri and Tabata remember all the young men so recently sent off to war from that same Jingu Gaien Stadium, and are overjoyed to see so many young people here, this time in peaceful competition.
 With a script by Kankuro Kudo, one of Japan's most prominent film and TV writers, the series is the first ever filmed completely in 4K resolution, and marks the beginning of a new age for NHK's Sunday night ‘Taiga Drama’ serial.
(Excellent)
You Can't Expense This !
Production Rights NHK
(Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
AX-ON
Broadcast Period Jury 26 – September 27, 2019
Running Time x
No. of Episodes
48.5min x 10 episodes
The Original "You Can't Expense This !"
by Yuko Aoki
Chief Producer Hiroshi Sugawara
Tetsuya Sakashita
Producer Toshiaki Namba
Shihori Toya
Mayumi Okataku
Director Satoru Nakajima
Youichi Matsunaga
Shigekatsu Honda
Scriptwriter Chiho Watanabe
Hisako Fujihira
Naomi Hiruta
Cast Mikako Tabe
Daiki Shigeoka
Sairi Ito
Ren Kiriyama
Airi Matsui
Akihiro Kakuta
Nana Katase
Noriko Eguchi
Hiroyuki Hirayama
Mitsuru Fukikoshi
You Can't Expense This !
Outline:
 Sanako's motto: life should be lived like a balance sheet. Things should be even, relationships should be even. As the bottom-rung employee of the account department at a soap manufacturer, Sanako applies her life credo to her work with gusto. No dodgy receipts or invoices escapes her notice, and though they don't reveal any wrongdoing on the level of a corporate scandal, her quest for “getting things even” pits her against some of the most clever and crafty employees in the company! And when the dust settles, she has unwittingly won over a surprising number of her colleagues. A hit comedy based on a popular manga.
(Excellent)
Your Turn to Kill
Production Rights NIPPON TV
Production Cooperation Total Media Communication
Broadcast Period April 14 - September 18, 2019
Running Time x
No. of Episodes
55 min x 20 episodes
55 min (one special episode) x 1
The Originals Yasushi Akimoto
Chief Producer Kenji Ikeda
Producer Hiroe Suzuma
Masanori Matsuyama
Director Noriyoshi Sakuma
Naoko Komuro
Tsuyoshi Nakakuki
Hidemi Uchida
Scriptwriter Mitsunori Fukuhara
Cast Tomoyo Harada
Kei Tanaka
Nanase Nishino
Ryusei Yokohama
Yoshihiko Hakamada
Jin Katagiri
Tetsushi Tanaka
Naoto Takenaka
Tae Kimura
Katsuhisa Namase
Your Turn to Kill
Outline:
 An exchange murder mystery series starring Tomoyo Harada and Kei Tanaka, original concept by Yasushi Akimoto.
 A newlywed couple are convinced that a happy life is about to begin. Suddenly, people in their apartment start dying, one after another. It turns out that a certain game is leading to the mysterious deaths.
Thirteen neighbors had each written the name of the person they want to kill. Thinking it was a game, they all took it lightly, randomly drawing lots and setting the swap murder game in motion. But then, a death threat arrives, kicking off a chain of senseless murders: "It's your turn." There is no going back and, a cycle of motiveless murders begins. Is the neighbor a murderer? When will it be my turn? An overwhelming fear and a creeping sense of doubt arises… The naïve, newlywed couple tries to solve this complicated serial murder mystery.
 This series ran for six-months consecutively, and shocking developments including the death of the protagonist and the investigation into the mastermind behind the crime by the TV viewers became a social phenomenon, recording the highest viewership rating of 19.4% and scored the Twitter world trend for 5 times.
(Excellent)
If Talking Paid
Production Rights NIPPON TV
Production Cooperation OFFICE CRESCENDO
Broadcast Period October 12 – December 14, 2019
Running Time x
No. of Episodes
54 min x 10 episodes
Chief Producer Kenji Ikeda
Producer Hiroko Hazeyama
Takayuki Akimoto
Director Satoru Nakajima
Syunpei Maruya
Yuma Suzuki
Scriptwriter Shigeki Kaneko
Cast Toma Ikuta
Eiko Koike
Kaya Kiyohara
Mieko Harada
Ken Yasuda
If Talking Paid
Outline:
 Our main character dropped out of college and started a company. After it failed, he went on to spend six years as a NEET (Not in Employment, Education, or Training). Bumming around the coffee shop his mother runs, he quibbles his way to make excuses for his shortcomings. Little by little, things begin to change when he has to live temporarily under the same roof as his older sister and her husband. It's a rollercoaster dealing with him, but through it all, their family bond begins to deepen. What should a family resemble in Japan's current Reiwa era anyway? What does it mean to have a bond? A fresh concept that presents two back-to-back 30-minute episodes each week, this home-based drama paints a picture of new breed of Japanese families.
(Excellent)
Nagi's Long Vacation
Production Rights TBS Television
Broadcast Period July 19 – September 20, 2019
Running Time x
No. of Episodes
60 min x 10 episodes
(1st.episode 75min.)
The Original "Nagi No Oitoma"
by Konari Misato
Chief Producer Yoshihiko Nakai
Director Toshio Tsuboi
Takeyoshi Yamamoto
Nobuhiro Doi
Maiko Ouchi
Scriptwriter Satomi Oshima
Cast Haru Kuroki
Issey Takahashi
Tomoya Nakamura
Mikako Ichikawa
Kumi Takiuchi
Tamaki Shiratori
Shinji Takeda
Nagisa Katahira
Yoh Yoshida
Yoshiko Mita
Nagi's Long Vacation
Outline:
 Nagi Oshima (Haru Kuroki), a 28-year-old woman with sleek strait hair, works for a manufacturer of household electronics in Tokyo. She has kept a peaceful mind by always going with the flow and harmonizing with others. However, her colleagues tease and criticize (in somewhat positive ways) Nagi who lacks confidence, and she ends up in dealing unreasonable tasks every day.
 One day Nagi has an argument with her boyfriend Shinji Gamon (Issei Takahashi). Being heartbroken by a word of Shinji, Nagi decides to reset her life.
 She quits the company and moves out from an apartment, leaving boyfriend, friends, SNS and a smartphone. Nagi's new home is a 6-tatami-mat shabby apartment located in suburban Tokyo. She stops a daily routine using hair iron to straighten her curly hair which she used to dislike, and lives as she is. Now her life is free without any disturbance, but she still inadvertently cares too much about what others think about her. A story of resetting life unfolds surrounded by Shinji who chased Nagi, a next-door neighbor Gon (Tomoya Nakamura), and new friends.
(Excellent)
AN INCURABLE CASE OF LOVE
Production Rights TBS Television
TBS SPARKLE
Broadcast Period January 14 – March 17, 2020
Running Time x
No. of Episodes
75 min x 2 episodes
60 min x 8 episodes
The Original "KOI WA TSUZUKU YO DOKOMADEMO"
by Maki Enjoji
Chief Producer Aki Isoyama
Producer Masako Miyazaki
Akiko Matsumoto
Director Kenta Tanaka
Ryosuke Fukuda
Fuminori Kaneko
Scriptwriter Arisa Kaneko
Mako Watanabe
Cast Mone Kamishiraishi
Takeru Satoh
Katsuya Maiguma
Kosei
Keisuke Watanabe
Karina
Kami Hiraiwa
Nana Katase
Misako Renbutsu
Koji Yamamoto
AN INCURABLE CASE OF LOVE
Outline:
 A 23-year-old rookie nurse falls hard for a doctor she's long admired while experiencing the triumphs and tragedy of working on the front line of emergency medical care in a story offering hope for tomorrow. As a high school student, Nanase Sakura witnessed the miracle of Doctor Tendo saving a life, and has been enamored with him ever since. Inspired to become a nurse in hopes of meeting Tendo, she finally fulfills her dream only to learn that he is nicknamed “the Devil” and is super sadistic. Nevertheless, Nanase relentlessly expresses honest feelings toward him, which eventually begin to melt his iron-encased heart in this heartwarming, romantic comedy.
(Excellent)
Hospital Refomer
Production TV TOKYO
The icon
Broadcast Period January 20 – March 9, 2020
Running Time x
No. of Episodes
60 min. x 7episodes
(1st. episode 120 min.)
Chief Producer Futoshi Asano
Producer Hideki Inada
Taku Matsumoto
Akira Shimura
Ayano Kimura
Director Ryo Miyawaki
Makoto Kiyohiro
Scriptwriter Muthumi Yamamoto
Cast Kohtaro Koizumi
Masanobu Takashima
Manami Konishi
Yu Inaba
Jin Katagiri
Takuzo Kadono
Sinya Ohwada
Ken Mitsuishi
Miyoko Asada
Masatoshi Nakamura
Hospital Refomer
© TV TOKYO, The icon
Outline:
 An unconventional medical drama featuring Kotaro Koizumi with a focus on hospital management is based on a real story of Aizawa Hospital in Nagano prefecture; a hospital that became famous as a place where a gold medalist of the PyeongChang Olympics speed skating, Nao Koide is employed as a staff. The hospital overcame a large debt and became an excellent role model for hospitals all over Japan. A research doctor Shuhei Arihara takes over the position of a hospital director after the sudden death of his father. The exhilarating and realistic story depicts Arihara's free inspirations and boldness overturning the old-fashioned stereotype while confronting the "resisting forces" such as doctors and staff, banks and governments who have high pride and can not get out of the conventional ideas. Masanobu Takashima plays an impressive role as a secretary-general who was seconded from a bank. The now-common hospital reformations such as "community medical network" and "discharge support" which are depicted in the episodes also began in Aizawa Hospital.
Single Drama
(The Grand Prix)
Kyojo
Production Rights Fuji Television Network
Production Cooperation The icon
Broadcast Period January 4 – 5, 2020
Running Time x
No. of Episodes
130 min x 1 episode
144 min x 1 episode
The Original “Kyojo”
by Hiroki Nagaoka
Chief Producer Isamu Nakae
Producer Mizuki Nishisaka
Akihiko Takaishi
Director Isamu Nakae
Scriptwriter Ryoichi Kimizuka
Cast Takuya Kimura
Asuka Kudo
Haruna Kawaguchi
Kento Hayashi
Wakana Aoi
Kai Inowaki
Daigo Nishihata
Yuko Oshima
Shohei Miura
Fumiyo Kohinata
Kyojo
Outline:
<Part 1>
 At the 198th short-term course of the introductory course, which is served by a ruthless instructor, Kimichika Kazama, students are exposed to intense training every day from 6 o'clock in the morning.
 The strictest thing is to adhere to the rules. The action is always under surveillance, and someone's mistakes are jointly liable. Mobile phones have also been confiscated and permission is required to go out. Students from various backgrounds are gathering for various motives at the police academy, where the ultimate test that can be said to be painful awaits.
 In addition, there are various conflicts that students have in the extreme state of a police academy. Kazama, an instructor who thinks that a police academy is a place to screen out unsuitable people, is a ruthless man who gives a dropout notice as soon as a student has trouble.
 In addition, he always gives the students only commands that are difficult to understand and leaves the place. In order to survive the survival game called "Kyojo" that is sifted one after another, the secrets and thoughts of the students swirl, and various incidents occur.
 There are 30 classmates at Kazama Kyojo. How many students can get a diploma by surviving to the end without being screened out?
<Part 2>
 Miyasaka is not among the students at Kazama Kyojo, who continue to train rigorously. Kusumoto, who cares about Miyasaka's appearance when he can no longer feel his courage, reports that to Kazama.
 On the other hand, Tsuzuki, who keeps a distance from Miyasaka et al., was investigating Kazama's past. He arrives at the fact that he was a detective of a forcible criminal and was called a monster-like slasher, but he has yet to reach the truth about his right eye prosthesis. Kusakabe, Miyasaka, and Kusumoto blame such Tsuzuki. Hazuki and Yuna were also changing. Although they are contrasting, they have always been close friends, but Yuna, who was in the shadow of the conspicuous Hazuki, gradually emerged. There is a hidden reason behind Yuna's actions... A few months later, a week after graduation, there were 25 students in the Kazama Kyojo, who were graduating a few months later. As the last special class, students are transported by car and taken to the mountains. They are told that they will not receive a diploma unless they complete the tasks imposed there, and they will spend each night in the team. The next day, the students present the answer to Kazama who came to pick them up. Kazama tells the students that the answer is "correct" but does not pass the test. Kazama gave the last lesson to the students who were at a loss when they returned to the police academy.
(Excellent)
A Stranger in Shanghai
Production Rights NHK
(Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
Broadcast Period December 30, 2019
Running Time x
No. of Episodes
73 min x 1 episode
The Original Ryunosuke Akutagawa's writings
Chief Producer Natsuko Katsuta
Producer Maiko Itagaki
Director Taku Kato
Scriptwriter Aya Watanabe
Cast Ryuhei Matsuda
Takashi Okabe
Yuri Nakamura
Nao
Kim Scar
A Stranger in Shanghai
Outline:
 One hundred years ago, Japanese novelist Ryunosuke Akutagawa visited the Chinese city of Shanghai during a period of turmoil after the downfall of the Qing Dynasty. It was the first trip overseas for the 29-year-old writer, who had already gained renown in Japan for his novel Rashomon–which was later made into a film by Akira Kurosawa. At the time Shanghai saw an unprecedentedly rampant mixture of Orientalism and Occidentalism. He'd grown up reading classic Chinese literature but the real China he encountered was quite different from the utopian place that he'd long dreamed of. Lost between hope and despair, the novelist spent his days feeling himself out of place, but the locals he met there such as revolutionaries and prostitutes affected him in unexpected ways...
 The drama was filmed in Shanghai and shot in 8K, which can well express the lights and shadows of the city that captivated Akutagawa. It won Best of Festival for Entertainment Drama in the 2020 US International Film and Video Festival, and was nominated for Best Foreign TV Drama in 2020 Shanghai TV Festival Magnolia Award.
(Excellent)
Switch
Production Rights TV Asahi Corporation
Media Mix Japan Co., Ltd.
Broadcast Period June 21, 2020
Running Time x
No. of Episodes
125 min x 1 episode
General Producer Yumiko Miwa
Producer Noriko Nakagawa
Chizu Asai
Director Sho Tsukikawa
Scriptwriter Yuji Sakamoto
Cast Sadawo Abe
Takako Matsu
Hidekazu Mashima
Anne Nakamura
Shizuka Ishibashi
Yukino Kishii
Kai Inowaki
Takashi Okabe
Toshinori Omi
Atsuko Takahata
Switch
Outline:
 Madoka (Takako Matsu) is a lawyer, and Nao (Sadawo Abe), her ex-boyfriend of 7 years works at the Yokohama District Public Prosecutors' office. Even after the breakup, they remain inseparable and bound up with each other for 13 years. One day, Nao hosts a dinner to introduce his culinary expert girlfriend Aki (Anne Nakamura) to Madoka and her urban boyfriend Takashi (Hidekazu Mashima). After dinner, both Nao and Madoka end up being proposed by their partners. Meanwhile, a dangerous serial case handled by Nao suddenly progresses, and a death victim came to pass. A man named Ohki is voluntarily interrogated and confesses his commitment. In addition, the police found fibers of the victim's clothes on Ohki's gloves, and eager to claim for an arrest warrant. However, Nao, an experienced prosecutor, doubted the sufficiency of this evidence. By chance, Madoka is asked to defend Ohki by Natsumi (Atsuko Takahata), the director of the office. Prosecutor and lawyer, the two must pursue the truth of the case from their respective standpoints. When the shocking reality behind the case is revealed, it's time for Nao and Madoka to make their choice of life. The first drama script written by Yuji Sakamoto for TV Asahi.
(Excellent)
The Man Who Stood for Autonomy of Japan : Prime Minister Yoshida Shigeru
Production Rights TV TOKYO
Production Cooperation Kadokawa Daiei Studio Co.,Ltd.
Broadcast Period February 24, 2020
Running Time x
No. of Episodes
144 min x 1 episode
The Original "My father SHIGERU YOSHIDA"
by Kazuko Aso
Chief Producer Junpei Nakagawa
Producer Yuta Kurachi
Hirohisa Mukujyu
Masahiro Sato
Director Setsuro Wakamatsu
Scriptwriter Kenzo Takeuchi
Tadashi Morishita
Yusuke Moriguchi
Cast Tsurube Shōfukutei
Toma Ikuta
Yuko Araki
Yuma Yamoto
Tomoya Maeno
Ken Yasuda
Ryo Katsuji
Kuranosuke Sasaki
Nanako Matsushima
The Man Who Stood for Autonomy of Japan
                  Prime Minister Yoshida Shigeru
© TV TOKYO
Outline:
 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World WarⅡ in Japan. To commemorate this milestone year, TV Tokyo Corporation made "TV TOKYO 55th Anniversary Special Project", a special drama program featuring a story of a former prime minister Shigeru Yoshida who played a key role for establishing the foundation of post-war Japan. Starring Tsurube Shōfukutei, a comedian who is popular among all ages, the story focuses on Yoshida's insights and decisions during the allied occupation of Japan which was an era of extreme turmoil. The drama is directed by Setsuro Wakamatsu who has a reputation in both television and film for producing dramas dealing social issues, namely "FUKSHIMA 50" and "The Never-setting Sun". Yoshida, who is known for dissolving the Diet with a swearing word, believed in "independence" and "demilitarization". Utilizing strong confidence in his belief as driving force, Yoshida devoted his career to retrieving the growth of Japan with a team of passionate colleagues. Yoshida's team includes Jiro Shirasu who was said to be the most reliable advisor, and the students of Yoshida School (also the later prime ministers) Hayato Ikeda, Eisaku Sato, Kakuei Tanaka.
 Now that the world is changing rapidly and getting more turbulent due to the super-powered countries such as the United States and China, the story revisits the light and shadow of the Yoshida's era, which became a foundation of post-war Japan. After the broadcast, the drama inspired people of all ages including young generations who are not familiar with Yoshida to think about politics and society.
(Excellent)
Love in May 2020
Production Rights WOWOW
Broadcast Period June 2 – 5, 2020
Running Time x
No. of Episodes
15 min x 4 episode
Producer Makiko Okano
Director Daishi Matsunaga
Scriptwriter Yoshikazu Okada
Cast Yoh Yoshida
Yo Oizumi
Love in May 2020
Outline:
<STORY>
 It's May 2020 in Tokyo. Yukiko (Yoh Yoshida) works for a big supermarket chain and is responsible for the sales of those shops in the centre of Tokyo. She is a divorcee and single now. Motoo (Yo Oizumi) works for a middle-sized design company as a sales representative. As remote-working is implemented, he is struggling with working at home. Like Yukiko, he's also a divorcee and single now. In fact, these two were a married couple and got divorced about 4 years ago. They haven't been in contact with each other since then but Motoo somehow telephoned Yukiko completely by accident. Yukiko hesitated but then reluctantly picked up the call and…
<BACKGROUND>
 Featuring two central characters, this short drama was made remotely. The project stems from Yoshida's desire to cheer up Japan and send out positive messages. The idea was presented during the period she was unable to work because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Oizumi, who acted as her husband before, went along with the idea together with Yoshikazu Okada, the playwright, and Daishi Matsunaga, the director. The series is a heartfelt gift of entertainment from WOWOW to those who have been enduring lifestyles affected by the COVID-19 and who are fighting against the virus in every corner of society.
Local Drama Award
My Neighbor Masala
Production Rights NHK Fukuoka Station
Broadcast Period February 28, 2020
Running Time x
No. of Episodes
72 min x 1 episode
Chief Producer Masaro Nakamura
Director Daisuke Ando
Scriptwriter Masato Kitasaka
Cast Kanta Sato
Azusa Ohara
Toru Nomaguchi
Meiko Kaji
Ken Mitsuishi
Santosh Pariyar
Ashok Shahi
Goriken
Yu Machida
Moko Kinoshita
My Neighbor Masala
Outline:
 Tatsuya Sawaki (Kanta Sato) is a fledgling photographer. He returns to his hometown Fukuoka to take care of his sick father Hideo (Ken Mitsuishi), but Hideo rejects his offer and tells Tatsuya to go back to Tokyo. Being irritated, Tatsuya runs into a group of young Nepalese and gets into a fight. He gets saved by Yuichi (Toru Nomaguchi) and Yui (Azusa Ohara), who work as the mediator between Japan and Nepal. Tatsuya eventually joins the Nepalese community through them and meets with three exciting people. Janak, a Nepalese student who somehow gets interested in Tatsuya. Ganesh, a shy and tough-looking boss. Shino, a Korean Japanese who serves as “the mother of the community”. Tatsuya helps the community search for Sapana, who has gone missing for three years. While Tatsuya's world expand through this mission, he faces many difficulties to live with foreign people in Japan.
 NHK Fukuoka Station has been broadcasting local dramas for 16 years. For the first time, we produced a drama with the theme of foreigners living in Japan. Shot in the town where many Nepalese actually live, this drama casted authentic Nepalese as actors.
 TThe title “Masala” means mixed spice in Nepalese, which metaphors the diversified society.
Himawari: Miyazaki Legend
Production Rights Miyazaki Telecasting
HoriPro
Broadcast Period June 1-12, 2020
Running Time x
No. of Episodes
15 min x 10 episodes
The Original “Himawari: Kenichi Legend"
by Akiko Higashimura
Chief Producer Yuya Abe
Producer Yoshihito Suisyu
Takaaki Hirabe
Director Soichi Ishii
Scriptwriter Tetsuhiro Ikeda
Cast Yuna Taira
Katsunori Takahashi
Yuki Inoue
Mai Oshima
Mayumi Sato
Yoichi Nukumizu
Yuri Ebihara
Nagano
Yui Asaka
Masanori Ishii
Himawari: Miyazaki Legend
Outline:
 This is a super local comedy full of Miyazaki standards based on the legendary comic "Himawari: Kenichi Legend" written by Akiko Higashimura, a native of Miyazaki! Sadly, it's almost a non-fiction!
 After graduating from art college, Akiko (Yuna Taira) returns to her hometown of Miyazaki to work with her father, Kenichi, at a company called "Minami-Kyushu Telephone". Kenichi is a cheerful and happy man who is very popular at the company. However, he is an unpredictable man who gets angry and laughs all of a sudden. He also has a number of unique co-workers at the company, including Kurumi Ebihara (Mai Oshima), a former delinquent youth with a sharp tongue, and Deputy Chief Saruwatari (Mayumi Sato), the most eccentric person in the company. Akiko pursues her dream of becoming a manga artist while being surrounded by Kenichi and unique people of Miyazaki.
 Another pivot point in the story is the romance between Akiko and Kenichi Korogi (Yuki Inoue). Kenichi Korogi, also called "Kenichi No.2", works at "Nangoku Green Service", a contractor of the company Akiko works for. Kenichi No.2 has a deep love for plants and a nice face, but he is awkward when it comes to love. He tries to express his feelings for Akiko, but she doesn't even notice it. What will be the future of their love? And will Akiko's dream come true?
個人賞
Best Performance
by an Actor

Toma Ikuta
Toma Ikuta
"If Talking Paid"
NIPPON TV
Best Performance
by an Actress

Haru Kuroki
Haru Kuroki
"Nagi's Long Vacation"
TBS Television
Best Performance
by an Actor in
a Supporting Role

Takeru Satoh
Takeru Satoh
"AN INCURABLE CASE OF LOVE"
TBS Television
Best Performance
by an Actress in
a Supporting Role

Sairi Ito
Sairi Ito
"You Can't Expense This !"
NHK(Japan Broadcasting Corp.)

Best Screenplay


Shigeki Kaneko
Shigeki Kaneko
"If Talking Paid"
NIPPON TV

Best Director


Ayuko Tsukahara
Ayuko Tsukahara
"La Grande Maison Tokyo"
TBS Television
Theme Song Award

Kenshi Yonezu
OFFICIAL HIGE DANDISM "I LOVE..."
"AN INCURABLE CASE OF LOVE"
TBS Television