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Sawajiri to be replaced in NHK drama series after arrest

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Public broadcaster NHK has selected Haruna Kawaguchi, 24, to play the role of 16th-century warlord Oda Nobunaga’s wife, Kicho, or Nohime, as a replacement for Erika Sawajiri, in NHK's historical drama series "Kirin ga Kuru,” beginning in January 2020.

Sawajiri, 33, had already filmed 10 episodes but after her arrest last week on suspicion of possessing the synthetic drug MDMA and her admission that she had used marijuana, LSD and cocaine over the past 10 years, NHK decided to drop her from the series.

Kawaguchi will start filming in early December, according to sources. NHK commented, “We thought that as a skilled actress, she would be able to express the strength and nobleness of a warlord’s daughter, and therefore asked her to play the role.”

All scenes in the first 10 episodes in which Sawajiri appears will be filmed again using Kawaguchi.

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Why? Is her image not as 'clean' as it once was?

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How many episodes will there be?

If it's 12, why bother? Sounds like a big waste of time and money for the other actors.

If it's 20-30, then that's understandable. I guess?

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It's only our money they're using, don't worry.

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That is really messed up. Her private life is her own, and her acting is her professional career. From what we see on her performance it was a great show. Now with this said I am not one of her fans but enjoy the show with her and the role she plays. That is what makes a great series worth watching. Seems this goes to my 2 points of why this happened. and clearly more of what we are not being told is coming out, Pure and simple replace an 33 aged actress with a younger 24 yr old model. Seems the backdoor deals were made way before she even was aware what was coming before Judas handed her to the wolves. This is a shame and I will quit watching the show.

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Tarry a little, there is something else. This bond doth give thee here no jot of blood;

The words expressly are "a pound of flesh" ….....

The Merchant Of Venice Act 4, scene 1

Actress Erika Sawajiri certainly understands the meaning.

Not for a moment is this in anyway objective or willing to afford Erika Sawajiri quarter or an opportunity to rehabilitate. Straight under the tram, head first!

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Her body, her choice. There is nothing complicated about this at all.

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NHK has the right to hire a different actor, I think. What grosses me out is the obsession with picking her life apart on TV. How many people have tried MDMA? About a zillion. Get over it.

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BBC and ITV do that here too - if actors or presenters are found to have been abusing drugs or alcohol they tend to be dropped. So it's not a strange thing for me to read about.

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Personally I don't mind so much about punishing media people caught doing drugs like this. Overseas drug use is so common for actors and just waved away to the point where it's almost expected for them. It makes for poor role models for kids and also just amplifies the whole double standards present, while the Japanese system heavily discourages it and shows the public that such usage is unacceptable.

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Thunderbird2, yeah, although Graham Norton survived, somehow.

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Its common for people in the public eye to be dropped when a scandal occurs. It's more of a cooling off period than anything else. Stay out of the limelight till things blow over and then you're right back to work as if it never happened.

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It’s pretty much a different version of the “cancel culture” in the U.S.

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All scenes in the first 10 episodes in which Sawajiri appears will be filmed again using Kawaguchi.

yes, we know about the cancel culture in the west, but in Japan they take it to the next level ...

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Shogun36Today  02:56 pm JST

“How many episodes will there be? 

If it's 12, why bother? Sounds like a big waste of time and money for the other actors. 

If it's 20-30, then that's understandable. I guess?”

You must be totally unfamiliar with the Taiga Dramas. They run for 47 episodes.

AscissorToday  03:10 pm JST

“It's only our money they're using, don't worry.”

I think it’s expected that NHK will be bilking/suing Sawajiri/her agency for damages.

rgcivilian,

” I am not one of her fans but enjoy the show with her and the role she plays....This is a shame and I will quit watching the show.”

How could that be? The program hasn’t started yet. It’s next year’s Taiga Drama.

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synthetic drugs. Why? Just have a glass or two of wine.

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She'll be back, they all come back.

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synthetic drugs. Why? Just have a glass or two of wine.

That is correct. Ensure you stay on the list of approved intoxicants and do not dare to stray from that list. Unapproved intoxicants will be prosecuted.

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Would not be suprised if we find out the Tokyo police are following any and all "Talent" just for the bust. They did after all send a team crack squad to a remote island to bust an ex "talent" for smoking a weed. They the police that is are as in the past aimed and released on government guidelines. Fear yourself when the government gets bad press someone is going to get arrested.

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Correction: bilking/suing — billing/suing

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Perfect example of the real harm and damage that can be done to a person's career over an incident that's utterly trivial.

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It's only our money they're using, don't worry.

They're not using any of my money, that I can tell you.

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