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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Yoshitaka Yuriko to star in NTV Winter 2017 drama "Tokyo Tarareba Musume"

Yoshitaka Yuriko will be starring in the new NTV Winter 2017 drama "Tokyo Tarareba Musume" (Tokyo What If Girls) which will begin its run from January 2017 in the Wednesdays 10pm timeslot. This marks her first drama appearance in two years and three months since the NHK morning drama "Hanako to Anne" in 2014.

The love-comedy drama which is based on the same-titled manga by Higashimura Akiko and had sold more than 1.8 million copies to date, features Yoshitaka as Kamata Rinko, a scriptwriter in her 30s who is facing a bottleneck at work and has no boyfriend. She spends her nights having girls-only gatherings with her buddy at an izakaya while lamenting about the "what ifs" in her life and how things will turn out better if certain things or conditions are fulfilled. For example, if she is prettier, she would be able to find a good man. If she falls in love with someone, she would be able to get married. If she puts in effort, she can get anything she wants in her life. All of a sudden, she realises that she still hasn't matured as a woman despite having entered her 30s as she reflects on her inadequacies.

Yoshitaka recounted that when she read the original manga, she could not stop laughing as the story pointed out a lot of things which really hit home for her. She commented that Rinko keeps talking about the what ifs during her gatherings but does not take any concrete action to turn things around which leads her to think that she's somewhat like Rinko as well. As for acting in a drama after such a long break, Yoshitaka said that she is looking forward to acting as Rinko and asked for the viewers to wait till January when the drama begins its run.

Sources: Nikkansports / Yomiuri Hochi / Sponichi

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