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Friday, March 24, 2017

Production press conference of TBS drama SP "LEADERS II"

The production press conference of new TBS drama SP "LEADERS II" was held on 15 March which was attended by cast members Sato Koichi, Uchino Seiyo, Higashide Masahiro, Kanno Miho and Go Hiromi. The drama SP which is to be shown at 9pm on 26 March, is the sequel to the first SP shown in March 2014.

The sequel describes how Aichi Jidosha tries to sell its domestically-produced cars to overseas markets. Aichi Saichiro (Sato) will work with the people in the sales and production department who are at loggerheads but united in their goal to sell Japanese-made cars to the world. Appearing in the new SP for the first time include Uchino Seiyo who play Yamazaki Wataru, the manager of the first showroom under Aichi Jidosha and Yamazaki Tsutomu who plays Oshima Isokichi from Oshima Press Kogyo and the future chairman of Kyoaikai. Higashide plays the role of Kusakabe Makoto, who is a young salesperson from General Motors who jumps ship to Hinode Motors which distributes the domestically-produced cars developed by Aichi. Kanno will be playing iida Kiyo, the proprietress of a kappo-ryotei restaurant Naritatei which is frequented by Yamazaki Wataru (Uchino Seiyo), the sales manager of Aichi Motors.

Sato commented that compared to the last SP, the tension on screen was even more heated up this time and was satisfied with the quality of the end product. As for Go who plays the rival of Uchino's character, he deliberately introduced himself because he wasn't sure if the media would recognise him with his hair combed backwards and wearing spectacles. He revealed that he seemed too immersed in his baddie role that his staff members remarked that his character had changed to become quite detestable.

Sources: Oricon / Sanspo

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