• Kyodo


Alarmed by the rapid disappearance of samurai from Japanese TV dramas, officials from Kyoto, the home of historical drama studios, visited three of Tokyo’s major commercial TV networks Tuesday to urge them to produce more such dramas, saying they are an important tool to convey Japanese culture to the world.

The senior local government officials’ trip to the capital was spurred by Tokyo Broadcasting System Television Inc.’s decision in July to terminate “Mito Komon” — a period drama series running since 1969 — at the end of its current season in December.

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