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For the 1998 TV Asahi renzoku, see Change.


  • Title (English): CHANGE
  • Format: Renzoku
  • Genre: Human drama, politics
  • Episodes: 10
  • Viewership ratings: 21.7 (Kanto)
  • Broadcast network: Fuji TV
  • Broadcast period: 2008-May-12 to 2008-Jul-14
  • Air time: Monday 21:00
  • Theme song: Miles Away by Madonna


With the deaths of ruling party's Fukuoka Member of Parliament and his eldest son, his heir apparent, in an plane accident, a by-election had to be held right away and, Kanbayashi Masaichi, the House secretary of the ruling party,conceived the idea of fielding the second son, Asakura Keita, and sent his secretary Miyama Rika to complete the task.

Keita was an elementary school teacher in Nagano and his hobby was star gazing.He had no interest in politics. At Rika's persuasion and the pressure of his family, he reluctantly agreed to run for office but with no intention of winning. However, with the help of Nirasawa Katsutoshi, an election strategist, he went on to win by a narrow margin of just 164 votes.

When the Prime Minister was forced to resign over allegation of sexual harrassment, Kanbayashi concocted the idea of nominating the inept Keita to run for the party's leadership and thereby becoming the next Prime Minister as he thought it would be easy to manipulate him and work the situation to his own advantage so he would become the next PM when Keita failed. However, the sincerity and hard work of Keita soon won over every sceptic and as Kanbayashi found out, he was not a puppet on his strings. Kanbayashi had to come up with another scheme to destroy Keita. How far would he go to realize his ambition? Could he succeed?

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Episode Subtitle Ratings
Ratings (Kansai) Ratings (Nationwide)
01 A grade school teacher will change Japan!?
An amateur politician becomes the youngest prime minister in history!!
23.8 28.3 ??.?
02 The Prince of Congress' first experience 23.0 ??.? ??.?
03 Tonight, the Prime Minister is born!! 22.4 ??.? ??.?
04 The Prime Minister bullied around 19.3 ??.? ??.?
05 The incident on the Prime Minister's day off 19.5 ??.? ??.?
06 Love scandal 19.1 ??.? ??.?
07 A shocking conclusion!! The Prime Minister disappears 20.9 ??.? ??.?
08 Goodbye, and then retaliation 19.5 ??.? ??.?
09 Shock! The Prime Minister collapses 22.3 ??.? ??.?
10 Farewell, Prime Minister Asakura's tearful last message
22 minutes on live national TV
27.4 ??.? ??.?
Average -- 21.7 ??.? ??.?
  • Episode 7 was 15 minutes longer than the regular episodes.
  • Episode 10 was 30 minutes longer than the regular episodes.
  • Because of a late start, episodes 8 and onward were actually aired during the typical Summer 2008 season.

Source: Video Research, Ltd.


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