“Stay tuned” is a Japanese drama from 2019 that centers around the life of a struggling news producers new hires who is determined to keep their station afloat amidst a rapidly changing media landscape. The show portrays the challenges and triumphs of the protagonist as he navigates the ups and downs of both their personal and professional life, all the while exploring themes of love, ambition, and societal expectations.
A person that doesn’t meet the standard image but passes in all application exams, it’s a mystery for the reporters at the small local TV station, in Hokkaido. However, her role appears not to be perfect or functional among her co-Worker but to inspire everyone to be their best selves. The person name is Hanako Yukimaru. Yukimaru is a clueless but humble and honest woman, who despite her mistakes and troubles the causes around the station, she is really trying her best.
The reason she was hire its present right in the first episode by Director Ogura, while talking to the another new hire, who wants someone to guide her however senior reporters see her as too competent to correct her or guide her and advise her. Diretor Ogura makes a criticism about her performance and her need to release her hidden potential.
Director Ogura also mentions the reason for Yukimaru hiring; her mistakes will create challenges for those who know what to do and in Exchange they will release their potential by fixing everything last minute. “Dummies help others around them …”
The new hires represent the famous organization skill the world knows Japanese society for. By following the Society’s standard, they also avoid new things and challenges that cause fear to ruin a career. For the ones that aren’t aware, in Japan post-war decades, people that had the same job were seen as the most benefactors of society.
Yukimaru represents the slowly growing contradiction of the society today. A society influenced by external cultures . The best proof is the switch between the Japanese native words and kanji to Katakana.
I just hope that by making such changes , Japan doesn’t lose itself and its identity!