Actor Ken Ishiguro, 43, will star as Yoshiyuki Kono in Fuji TV’s upcoming drama about the 1994 sarin gas attack in Matsumoto City of Nagano prefecture that claimed the lives of 8 people and hospitalized 200 more. Kono’s late wife will be played by actress Yuki Matsushita, 40.
Sarin gas was released in several locations in Matsumoto City on the evening of June 27, 1994. By the next morning, 6 people had died and the gas was identified as sarin gas on July 3.
Kono was considered a suspect by police after they found a large quantity of pesticides at his home. While sarin cannot be manufactured from pesticides, the media got wind that he may have been involved and dubbed him "the Poison Gas Man," and Kono subsequently received anonymous hate mail and death threats.
After the infamous sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway in March 1995, blame for the 1994 attack was shifted to the cult Aum Shinkiryo. The police chief, on behalf of the police department and media, publicly apologized to Kono.
The upcoming drama, tentatively titled “Jitsuroku – Matsumoto sarin jiken – tsuma yo, haha yo, hannin to “utagawareta” kazoku tatakai to kizuna no 15 nen” focuses on the battles Kono faced after the gas attack. The producer said: “I thought now, nearly 15 years on from the incident, would be a good time to discuss it and to get to the heart of the incident, answering questions like why was Kono a suspect, and how did he go about fighting the accusations.”
The drama will air on Fuji TV on June 26 at 9 p.m.© Japan Today