Tokyo Drama Awards 2016 Winners

The 9th Tokyo Drama Awards, part of International Drama Festival in TOKYO, was held on November 7 this year. Some of the best Japanese dramas were judged based on their quality and marketability in order to promote this aspect of Japanese culture on a global basis. Let's take a look at the winners!




Asa ga Kita (Here Comes Asa) - Best Drama Series

This is an epic historical drama of 150+ episodes set in the Edo period. It follows Asa, a remarkable woman, who had managed to open a coal mining company and then a life insurance company, before she established Japan’s first women’s university. Praised for its authentic portrayal of the Osaka setting and character development, this drama managed to have the highest average viewer rating in this century in the morning television drama series (23.5%).


Excellence Awards for Drama Series


Love That Makes You Cry is a love story between Oto and Ren who both lost their parents but meet by a twist of fate in Tokyo. Downtown Rocket is a business drama about Tsukuda Kohei, who dreams of developing a rocket engine but struggles to save his company from bankruptcy. This drama also won awards for Best Leading Actor and Best Producer.


The Never-Setting Sun is a military drama about the National Aerospace Laboratory of Japan and the people who work there. On the other hand, Yutori Desu ga Nani ka is a slice-of-life drama about three young men born in 1987, their friendship, studies and love interests.


Tamiou is a hilarious comedy about a Prime Minister and his lazy son who suddenly switch bodies with each other and find themselves caught up in responsibilities they cannot understand. Fishing Fool's Diary is a comedy about a man who loves fishing more than anything else.



Aka Medaka (Red Medaka) - Best Drama Special

This is a story of a 17-year-old Dansyun and his journey of becoming a famous rakugo (a form of Japanese verbal entertainment in which the lone storyteller amuses the audience). He manages to become a student of the legendary rakugo performer, Tatekawa Danshi, who starts teaching him not only about rakugo but also life itself. With an amazing cast and great actors' performances, this is a true gem among Jdoramas.


Excellence Awards for Drama Specials


The Man of the Political Economy follows Matsunaga Yasuzaemon, a man who managed to become one of the most powerful politicians and economists after the war.Through Their Eyes is a touching story about Makita Hiroshi and his fellow doctors whose job is to put down animals and deal with the guilt that comes with that.


Local Awards for Drama Specials


Three Moons is about a lonely housewife Kosaka Mayu who falls in love and starts an affair with a composer from Tokyo. Will their love survive? The Indigo Lovers follows the life of Kenji, a man who gave up on his dream of being a jazz pianist and leads a monotone life of a denim craftsman instead... until one day he meets a painter Miyuki and falls in love with her.


Best Leading Actor

Hiroshi Abe in "Downtown Rocket"


Best Leading Actress

Haru in "Asa ga Kita"


Best Supporting Actor

Dean Fujioka in "Asa ga Kita"


Best Supporting Actress 

Kimura Yoshino in "Boku no Yabai Tsuma"



Source: Tokyo Drama Awards

  • Have you watched any of these dramas? If so, what do you think about them? If not, do you plan to?
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    Erica Nov 30, 2016 - edited

    They are all lovely actresses and actors. I really hope Tomohisa Yamashita, Keiko Kitawaga and Satomi Ishihara etc., will get awards soon. (Tokyo Film Festival have been around for many years!! Congrats to all!! Excellent Film Production!! - PS: Thanks for the post! - And for this posting too: (Love it all) ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

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    beep90 Nov 27, 2016

    gotta watch all these.

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    lontongstroong Nov 25, 2016

    No Kounodori instead of a dorama that has a obvious flaw ending (Itsu Koi)? You kidding?

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    Valier Nov 24, 2016 - edited

    I managed to not watch a single one of those^^ What did I do with my year? ;)

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    Jingga Nov 24, 2016

    Wow, I need to add Asa ga Kita to my ptw ^^
    Thanks for the article!

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    BrightestStar Nov 24, 2016 - edited

    Thanks great article :D Although I thought Kimura Yoshino was the lead in Boku no Yabai Tsuma :S I wish the specials get subbed!

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      Ceki Nov 24, 2016

      Yeah, I was confused as well. There's another article coming up about TV drama awards, and even some of the winners there are labeled as 'supporting' even though they're obviously the leading actors. I don't get it but it's official.

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    ARISTO Nov 23, 2016

    Honestly... Japan produces some of the TV series with the most interesting premises, and the stories even when they're sad (which seems to be... often) are so warm and heartfelt.

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    bannie Nov 23, 2016

    Good article.

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    NewKDramaAddict Nov 23, 2016

    I'm happy that I've watched most of these including Asa Ga Kita which was simply awesome and DEAN was sensational!!!

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    blackswindler Nov 23, 2016 - edited

    what about Juhan Shuttai? I'm dissapointed.

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      theairtwit Nov 23, 2016

      sleepeeer hit is another name for juhan shuttai! maybe it wasn't considered as marketable to foreign audiences compared to other dramas, but at least nogi akiko won for best screenplay & doi nobuhiro won for best director under the personal prize category.

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    Mareina Nov 23, 2016 - edited

    Thanks for the cool article! It's funny how I did watch quite a few J-dramas this year but still missed many of the shows that won. I'm glad Yutori got some recognition, because that show was insightful and hilarious.

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    JAY Nov 23, 2016

    I really loved this article and the way you wrote it!

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    pigtails4ever Nov 23, 2016 - edited

    I don't know most of these dramas, but I really love the layout and simplicity of this post! Looks professional and gives enough info to intrigue me on each drama. I want to see more like this! :D

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      Ceki Nov 23, 2016

      Thank you, that's kind! :)

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    Sakumina Nov 23, 2016 - edited

    Dean Fujioka in Please Love the Useless Me not Asa ga Kita. Thank you for the article :D

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      Ceki Nov 23, 2016

      No no he got it for Asa ga Kita, not the other one :)

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      Geanina Nov 23, 2016 - edited

      I think she was talking about the photo you used... it is Dean Fujioka in the drama 'Please Love the Useless Me', but it says right above Dean Fujioka in "Asa ga Kita"...

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      Ceki Nov 23, 2016

      Yeah, the photos are not from the dramas, they're random :)

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    SayItAintSoJoe Nov 23, 2016

    I'm glad you posted this. I was wondering what was good that I might have missed this year.

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