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Prison life is a popular theme this fall, and the latest drama series to utilize it is “Mori no Asagao” (“Morning Glory in the Forest”; TV Tokyo, Mon., 10 p.m.), which centers on the relationship between a rookie prison guard and a man on death row.

Naoki (Atsushi Ito) is the newest employee in a detention center, and his first assignment is death row. The job makes him uneasy, and he constantly dwells on the prisoners he sees there, people who just wait, not knowing when they will be called to the gallows.

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