Kimura plays a speech therapist named Midori. Her first love, a man named Mishima (played by Ihara Tsuyoshi), betrayed her by breaking a promise they made. While despairing over the betrayal, she met a younger man named Jun (played by Aoki Munetaka) and later married. One day, her happy life with Jun is interrupted when she is diagnosed with liver cancer, and the only doctor who can perform the difficult surgery required happens to be Mishima. Although Midori had hoped to never think of Mishima again, his sudden appearance causes a disturbance in her heart.
“Hatsukoi” is scheduled to run for 8 episodes in NHK’s Tuesday 10:00pm time slot, starting May 22.