Maeda Atsuko to play a teacher in spring drama "Kasukana Kanojo"
Former AKB48 member Maeda Atsuko will be playing a teacher in the spring drama "Kasukana Kanojo" which stars SMAP's Katori Shingo and An. This will be her first drama appearance since her graduation from AKB48 last August and her first role as a teacher. Maeda plays the role of Kawai Chiho who works in the same school as Katori's Kamiyama where he is the main homeroom teacher and she is the assistant. She is well-liked among students with a cheerful character and passion towards her work. However, that's only a pretense because Kawai actually has no interest in teaching and is looking for an opportunity to switch jobs if she has a chance. Maeda commented that she is very excited to work with Katori since she has seen his dramas since young. In addition, the timeslot of Tuesdays 10pm means a lot to her since she made her debut in this timeslot 6 years ago with the drama "Swan no Baka! ~ Kozukai Sanman yen no Koi ~" in autumn 2007.