Sho Sakurai of the idol group Arashi can currently be seen playing a physician in the theatrical film “Kamisama no Karute” (“God’s Medical Chart”) alongside Aoi Miyazaki. Both can also be seen in the ongoing TV commercial series for supplemental medical insurance provider Aflac, alongside a CGI duck and cat.

Sakurai obviously takes his representation of the medical profession seriously, since he will be the guide on NHK’s documentary “Sakurai Sho no Ima Soko ni Iru Hitobito” (“Sho Sakurai’s People Who are There Now”; NHK-E, Wed., 6:55 p.m.), where he accompanies rural doctors in Hiroshima and Hokkaido on their rounds and discovers the special challenges of “regional medical care.”

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