[2012 J-Drama] Tokyo Airport ~ Tokyo Kuukou Kanseihoanbu
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Tokyo Airport ~ Tokyo Kuukou Kanseihoanbu
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Sundays, from 14th October 2012
Station: Fuji TV


Synopsis:
Tokyo’s Haneda Airport is the busiest airport in Japan with 1 airplane taking off and landing every 2 minutes. In a year, 6 billion people (an average of 170,000 people a day) pass through the airport. Shinoda Kaori (Fukada Kyoko) is a new air traffic controller. It is an extremely stressful and difficult job where a split-second’s error in judgment can cause a catastrophic incident. Kaori had originally been a ground staff at the airport with an ambition to become an air traffic controller who directs the aircraft of all airlines, but an incident spurs her to resign and take the national exam. After completing rigorous training at the air navigation security college, she is assigned to Haneda Airport’s Air Traffic Control Centre as an air traffic controller just before she turns 30. When she gets up to the control tower with a mixture of nervousness, excitement and anxiety, the people she sees are a group of professionals who remain calm in the face of emergencies and protect human lives. Kaori guides aircraft with veteran air controller Takeuchi Hiromi (Seto Asaka) for on-the-job training. Because of a little careless mistake that she makes, and incident occurs that is a step short of an accident. She gets discouraged, but no one scolds her for the mistake she made which makes her feel even worse. However, she listens to the feelings of Yuki Noboru (Tokito Saburo) and Kondo Yukihiro (Kaname Jun) as air traffic controllers and gradually pulls herself together.


Cast:
Fukada Kyoko
as Shinoda Kaori


Sasaki Nozomi as Sakai Mana


Seto Asaka as Takeuchi Hiromi


Kaname Jun as Kondo Yukihiro


Seto Koji as Yamashita Yuji


Tokito Saburo as Yuki Noboru
Sato Eriko as Kirishima Yu
Yamaguchi Sayaka as Jonouchi Reiko
Nonami Maho as Nakajima Haru
Asaka Koudai as Iida Hiroyuki
Hiraoka Yuta as Honjo Keisuke
Bessho Tetsuya as Himuro Issei
Kajihara Zen as Yano Motoharu
Tokito Saburo as Yuki Noboru



Official Website:
www.fujitv.co.jp/tokyo-airport



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Fukada Kyoko to play an air traffic controller in new drama ‘TOKYO AIRPORT’



On August 31st, Fuji TV announced another fall drama called ‘TOKYO AIRPORT ~Tokyo Kukou Kansei Hoanbu~‘ (lit. ~Tokyo Airport Air Traffic Services Department~) starring actress Fukada Kyoko.

The drama is set at the Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airpot), and Fukada plays an enthusiastic rookie air traffic controller. She commented, “Please pay attention to the air traffic controllers and their great efforts and teamwork to protect the sky above Japan from behind the scenes. I’m very ambitious about this drama and will focus all my energy on this role.”

Air traffic controllers direct all aircraft traffic at airports. It’s the first drama on broadcast television to focus on the job of such a controller and to depict the work that happens within a control tower.

The original script for ‘TOKYO AIRPORT’ was written by Uda Manabu, who already created another air traffic controller drama called ‘TOKYO CONTROL‘ for Fuji TV’s pay-TV satellite channel ‘Fuji TV NEXT‘ in 2011. Fukada is playing a woman named ‘Shinoda Kaori’ who was working as a ground staff member at the airport. After receiving her state examination and going through a strict training period at the Aeronautical Safety College, she eventually becomes an air traffic controller just before turning thirty.

Haneda Airport is the busiest airport of Japan with at least one aircraft taking off or landing every two minutes. In one year, it handles around 62,000,000 passengers (around 170,000 per day), which makes it almost impossible not to face various troubles and difficulties every day.

In the first episode of the drama, ‘Shinoda’ almost causes a serious accident because of a careless mistake. Everyone in the control tower has to be absolutely concentrated, especially when bad weather is making their work more difficult than it already is; after all, they are protecting the lives of millions of people. There is more than enough material for a thrilling and fast-paced human drama, with each episode featuring realistic scenarios that have already happened at airports.

The filming is going to begin in mid-September and will be set at various places inside Haneda Airport. Fukada will also get the opportunity to enter the actual control tower and observe professional air traffic controllers in action.

Producer Sekiguchi Daisuke (‘Tokyo Control’, ‘Happy Flight’) commented, “The pass rate for air traffic controllers is said to be 1%. I couldn’t think of anyone else other than Fukada, who has recently become more mature and charming than ever, to play a woman tackling a job in which she has to protect millions of people.”

The co-workers of ‘Shinoda’ will be played by Sasaki Nozomi, Kaname Jun, Seto Koji, Seto Asaka, Tokito Saburo, and others.

Fuji TV is going to air ‘TOKYO AIRPORT ~Tokyo Kukou Kansei Hoanbu~’ every Sunday at 9:00 pm, starting sometime in October.
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Production press conference of "TOKYO Airport ~ Tokyo Kuukou Kansei Hoanbu"



The production press conference of FujiTV autumn drama "TOKYO Airport ~ Tokyo Hoan Kansei Hoanbu" was held on 9 October at Haneda Airport and was attended by cast members Fukada Kyoko, Sasaki Nozomi and Seto Kouji. Before the press conference started, the cast distributed badges to passengers at the airport in a bid to promote the drama. Fukada plays a newbie air traffic controller thus she mentioned during the event that she had a hard time trying to memorise English terms used in this field of work when communicating with the pilots which was a view echoed by her co-stars who also play air traffic controllers. Filming of this drama is done primarily at Haneda Airport and a studio set at FujiTV featuring the interior of the air traffic control tower.





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