When I was 17-years-old, Maria was a college student and worked as a private tutor. Her student was me. She left a last message to me, "when you graduate from college and become an adult, can you become my lover?," and then she disappeared.10 years later, I meet her again. She is now a suspect in a serial murder case and I am a lawyer.
- 1 July
- 10 April
45-year-old Kasumi has been divorced and now lives with her high school son working at a laundry. She once pledged a reunion with a boy in her early years. One day, she encounters first-class designer Yuri. They soon get attracted to each other but later she notices that he might be the one whom she promised to meet.
- 19 January
The 31st NHK Asadora Drama is Oshin. Oshin tells the story of a girl born in a very poor rural family in Japan, who through hard work and perseverance eventually triumphs over pain and adversity to achieve fame and success. Broadcast in the early 1980s when Japan had finally cast off the legacy of the post-war years and the Japanese were beginning to reap the benefits of economic development, the aim of the story was to recall the hardships the older generation had endured in order to pave the way for their children to enjoy their more affluent lifestyle. Viewers were drawn to the suffering of the main character Oshin - and then drew similarities between her story and their own home lives.Some Japanese worried that showing Oshin abroad would give the country a bad profile - and would even be shameful because it showed the seldom glimpsed, poor, unequal side of Japan. In the event, the reverse proved true. Oshin gave viewers outside Japan - whose only image of Japan was formed by Japanese cars or electric goods, or through bitter memories of Japanese treatment during World War II - a far better understanding of the modern Japan and its people.