Higashide Masahiro to appear in TBS drama SP "LEADERS II"
Higashide Masahiro will be appearing in the TBS drama SP "LEADERS II" starring Sato Koichi which will be shown in March. The drama which is basd on the true story of Toyota Motor Corporation's history, describes how the lead character Aichi Saichiro (Sato) devotes his life to making automobiles in Japan and continues from the first part shown in 2014. 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. Part of the filming was done in Shanghai, China, over 5 days and involved 300 extras so as to project the feel of the early Showa era in Nagoya.
Co-stars include Uchino Seiyo, Yamazaki Tsutomu, Yoshida Eisaku, Hagiwara Masato, Takahashi Kazuya, Hida Yasuhito, Enari Kazuki, Maeda Atsuko, Suda Kunihiro, Jinbo Satoshi, Yamaguchi Tomoko and Hashizume Isao.