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A nother milestone in Japan-Korea cultural relations is achieved with the two-part drama special “Friends” (TBS, Monday and Tuesday, 9 p.m.). Japanese idol Kyoko Fukada and Korean heartthrob Wonbin portray a couple who meet in Hong Kong and then strike up a cross-Japan Sea e-mail exchange that turns into a long-distance romance.

The four-hour drama, which is a coproduction between TBS in Japan and MBC in Korea, will be aired in both countries. Fukada is already known in Korea for her work with Yun So-Na, a popular Korean TV actress, in a Japanese drama series last summer. In “Friends,” however, she actually gets to speak Korean. As far as milestones go, the series will mark the first time a dramatic series will be shown in Korea with a Japanese actress in the leading role. The producers in both countries are projecting ratings of more than 40 percent.

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