Ryoko Yonekura will reprise her role as a miniskirt-wearing doctor in the fourth season of TV Asahi's "Doctor X~surgeon Michiko Daimon" in October.
"Doctor X" revolves around the unusual lifestyle of a charismatic freelance surgeon, Michiko Daimon, played by Yonekura, who works at multiple hospitals. Michiko is not your average doctor -- oozing sex appeal and wearing miniskirts under her white coat. Under a special contract, which allows Michiko to leave her work at 5 p.m., she enjoys her “after 5” life by dancing at clubs, playing mahjong, and going to hot springs and public bathhouses. Her favorite phrase is: "I never fail."
At a news conference this week, Yonekura, 40, said she initially had no intention to revive her role when the third season of the popular series finished in 2014.
There are not many dramas that run more than one season on Japanese TV. But the viewing rate for the first three seasons has been high. The average rating for the first season was 19.1%, followed by 23% in season two and 22.9% for the third season, making the drama a hit for TV Asahi.
Yonekura, a former fashion model, who has also appeared on Broadway in "Chicago," revealed how she felt about the upcoming fourth season. “I have never had an opportunity to star in the same TV series for an extended run. Even if people expected it from me, I never had the confidence to respond to that type of expectation. However, Michiko Daimon is a role that I really like, and I feel like I’m able to take a new step forward by being able to reprise this role.”
Furthermore, she said that Michiko Daimon is “like a reflection of myself” and “stress-free” to portray. "For me, it is quite a comfortable role to return to."© Japan Today