In Japan, the term “new half” usually refers to a man who becomes a woman through some sort of medical procedure, but on the new daytime drama series, “Mama wa New Half” (“Mom is a New Half”) (TV Tokyo, Mon.-Fri., 1 p.m.) it simply describes a man who performs in drag at a special “new-half pub” in Tokyo.

Iwataro (Noboru Kaneko) isn’t a transsexual, and he doesn’t seem to be homosexual, either. During the day, he’s a “normal” salaryman working for an “elite” company and warding off female admirers, who consider him quite a catch. At night, he changes into Runa, a female entertainer, but he keeps this second life a secret from his acquaintances.

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