January 7, 2014 – Los Angeles television station UTB 18.2 will premiere two new drama series this week, including Freeter, Ie wo Kau (English broadcast title: Job-Hopper Buys a House) starring Kazunari Ninomiya as young man who restarts his life with a part-time construction job. Ninomiya, a member of the Japanese pop group Arashi, won Best Actor awards for the role from the 2011 Tokyo Drama Awards, the 67th Television Drama Academy Awards, and the 14th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix.

Ninomiya appeared in the Japanese films GANTZ and Tekkon Kinkreet, and performed in the Clint Eastwood film Letters from Iwo Jima with actor Ken Watanabe.

Freeter, Ie wo Kau (Job-Hopper Buys a House) is broadcast for free in the Southern California area with English subtitles.
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Also premiering this week is the mystery series Iryu Sosa (English broadcast title: CSI – Crime Scene Investigators) starring Takaya Kamikawa as a forensic detective who finds hidden clues in the personal items that victims leave behind. Kamikawa recently starred in the Japanese television series Lady Joker and Taira no Kiyomori.

Iryu Sosa (CSI) is broadcast for free in the Southern California area with English subtitles.
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This week’s premieres join UTB’s slate of high-quality Japanese television programming including Gooko’s Life (starring Mao Inoue), Aibou 11 (starring Yutaka Mizutani Yutaka and Hiroki Narimiya), Second To Last Love (starring Kyoko Koizumi), historical drama Yae no Sakura (starring Haruka Ayase), and animated shows Case Closed, Eagle Talon NEO, and Sherlock Hound.

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UTB Hollywood (United Television Broadcasting Systems, Inc.) is the only Japanese TV station in the Los Angeles area and the only 24-hour Japanese TV station in America, serving over 100,000 Japanese viewers plus 3 million Southern California viewers.

Broadcasting over the air for free in Southern California on Channel 18.2, UTB Hollywood’s programs include popular Japanese dramas, variety shows, and anime with English subtitles.

Since 1971, UTB has been sharing Japanese culture with viewers in the United States while also providing news and current events to the Japanese community. The company has continued on for decades following these two goals, and has become recognized as a major media source throughout Los Angeles.