Press conference and cast announcement for NHK morning drama "Toto Nee-chan"
The production press conference of new NHK morning drama "Toto Nee-chan" was held on 6 November which was attended by the lead Takahata Mitsuki, Sugisaki Hana, Sagara Itsuki, Daichi Mao, Kimura Tae, Kataoka Tsurutaro, Mukai Osamu, Ohno Takuro, Akino Yoko, Pierre Taki, Hiraiwa Kami, Kawaei Rina, Sakaguchi Kentaro, Abe Junko and Katagiri Hairi. The drama which is due to begin its run from April 2015, features Takahata as the heroine Kohashi Tsuneko who takes care of her mother and younger sisters on behalf of her father who had passed away and depicts her life through the pre-war days to the Showa era. Nishijima Hidetoshi plays Tsuneko's father while Mukai will be Tsuneko's uncle Tetsuro who doesn't have a fixed job but tries to help out his elder brother's family as there is no man in their household. Kimura will play Tsuneko's mother while Daichi who is acting in a morning drama for the first time, will be her grandmother. The landlords of Tsuneko's family will be played by Taki and Hiraiwa who already act as a married couple in the "Febreeze" CM. while their daughter will be played by former AKB48 member Kawaei who is also acting in a morning drama for the first time.