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October 30, 2012

Arashi’s Aiba Masaki to star as doctor in Fuji TV’s “Last Hope”

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Written by: tokyograph

Arashi‘s Aiba Masaki (29) will soon be playing the role of a doctor for the first time. He is set to star in the Fuji TV drama series “Last Hope,” scheduled to start airing in January 2013.

The drama is a human suspense story set at an advanced medical center, revolving around a team of doctors who are different in every way, and who each have their own secret pasts. The team strives to use cutting-edge medicine to save patients who are seemingly beyond help, while also dealing with conflict among themselves.

Aiba has been cast as a physician with an incredible capacity for understanding other people’s pain, labeled as a “diagnosis pro” for being able to read his patients’ mental states just by listening to their heartbeats through his stethoscope. He lives at his own pace, with a quirk of taking a 3pm snack without fail, though he also appears to have a childhood secret that he himself is unaware of.

Besides Aiba, the team will feature Tabe Mikako as a cool and dry doctor working in critical care, Tanabe Seiichi as a talented yet overconfident, woman-loving surgeon, and Kohinata Fumiyo as a studious specialist. Kitamura Yukiya, Sakuraba Nanami, Takashima Masahiro, and Hirata Mitsuru have also been cast.

Fuji TV will broadcast the drama in its Tuesday 9:00pm time slot this winter.

Incidentally, the drama was announced on the same day that researcher Yamanaka Shinya was chosen to receive Japan’s Order of Culture. Yamanaka has received several awards for his research in induced pluripotent stem cells, including this year’s Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine (along with John Gurdon). He is also the director of Kyoto University’s Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, one of many advanced medical centers that likely inspired the setting for the show.

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