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Series / 24 (Japan)

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24 Japan is a 2020 Japanese remake by TV Asahi, which aired the first episode on October 9, 2020 with the rights granted by Fox Broadcasting Company. Negotiations were held for five years with the condition that the 24 episode format be used instead of the usual 12 episode format that Japanese TV shows use nowadays. The show stars Toshiaki Karasawa, Tae Kimura, Yukie Nakama, Chiaki Kuriyama and Hiroaki Murakami.

24 Japan is a Japanese adaptation of the original 24, starting from the first season. According to the production crew, changes were made to accommodate Japanese political and social realities.

The show takes place in the year 2020 where the Minseinote  Party politician Urara Asakura is in national elections for the next prime minister. She is considered to make history as the first female politician to be the first female prime minister if elected. However, the Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) is alerted that assassins are being recruited to kill her before she succeeds. Genba Shido, leading CTU agent, is tasked to investigate. Meanwhile, a plane crash occurs as it approches Chiba Prefectural airspace. Meanwhile, CTU Tokyo Office director Heisuke Satonaka warns Shido that CTU has a mole and he needs to find out who it is.

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  • Adapted Out:
    • While Asakura has a staff member involved in her campaign, almost all of them are in the Tokyo Superial Hotel. Instead, a Japanese man named Tsunehiko Minagawa, who's based in New York, was asked to return to Tokyo to cover the elections.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Asakura running in the elections for prime minister is similar in previous Liberal Democractic Party elections in the past when analysts had suggested politicians like Yuriko Koike could one day make a bid to run for prime minister.
  • Government Agency of Fiction: The Japanese version of CTU is implied to be under the direction of the Cabinet Intelligence Research Office (CIRO) or Naicho.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Nanami Hikawa exfiltrates from New Brave Airlines (NBA) Flight 355 similarly to how Mandy leaves.
  • Product Placement: Various vehicles seen in the show have their decals/logos covered up.
  • Shown Their Work: An air traffic controller is shown radioing NBA Flight 355 that crashed in English, which is the international language set as standard by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).


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Black site in the forest

Counter Terrorist Unit agent Genba Shido assist a National Police Agency Special Assault Team unit stationed at a remote black site in bringing a terrorist wanted in Japan for rendition. Andre Hayashi wants to raid the site, but is warned not to.

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