TV network Tokyo Broadcasting System Television (TBS) said this week that the rights to broadcast season two of the popular Japanese time-travel drama "Jin" have been bought by as many as 80 countries around the world.
The drama stars Takao Osawa, 43, as a brain surgeon named Jin Minakata, who has spent the last two years in anguish as his fiancee lies in a coma following an operation he performed. After the incident, Jin passes out at the hospital and awakens to find himself transported back in time to the Edo period. While still reeling from the realization, he is attacked by a samurai, but escapes with the help of a man named Kyotaro. Kyotaro sustains a head injury while trying to protect him, but Jin manages to save his life with makeshift medical instruments.
As a result of Kyotaro's recovery, his sister Saki finds herself intrigued by Jin and becomes his assistant. Jin must continue to survive in the last days of the Tokugawa shogunate while simultaneously trying to find a way back to the present.
The serialized drama has proved so popular on the back of season one's high evaluation at the international TV trade fair in Cannes that it will be broadcast in North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and some African countries. According to TBS, this marks the first time one of their programs has achieved such wide-ranging broadcast deals.
TBS also said that it is unusual for a Japanese drama to be broadcast abroad before the series has finished its run in Japan.
Season 2 of "Jin" airs in Japan at 9 p.m. on Sundays from April 17.© Compiled from news reports