I have always been a fan of the romantic-comedy genre, but this Japanese political drama-thriller series on Netflix, “The Journalist” is an exception. This has really gotten me glued to my seat these days.
The story revolved around this fearless journalist, Ana Matsuda, and her quest for truth and justice. See how her persistence, dedication, hard work, and commitment to her job made way for justice to prevail towards the end.
The story also captured the life of an ordinary newspaper delivery boy, Ryo Kinoshita, who initially had no cares about what was happening around him until it already affected his family, particularly his beloved uncle, Kazuya Suzuki.
Kazuya was an honest and hardworking public servant who was forced to clean up a government corruption scandal. Being the type of person that he was, he wanted to uphold his integrity until the end so he took his own life, but his death all the more fueled Ana’s interest and motivation to investigate the corruption scandal and find out the ‘real’ cause of Kazuya’s death.
See also how Kazuya’s wife, Mayumi who wanted to move on with her life after her husband’s untimely death eventually decided to find out the truth about his death.
It also featured the lives of other public servants who twist facts to cover up the truth for their own selfish motives.
My take: Honestly, I am half-hearted about the ending because it doesn’t clearly say what really happened to the case, but those are cliffhanger stories that subtly imply the ending and it’s up to the viewers to interpret it.
What I really liked about the series is that it ignited the ‘journalist’ spirit in me – to write for what I’m truly passionate about and make use of my skill to help other people know their stories and the truth. It also piqued my curiosity in suspense-thriller and investigative plots minus the zombies and monsters. Towards the end of the story, it made me ask myself again my life’s purpose — “Why do I do certain things in my life? Where will it lead me? Am I doing this for the overall good?”
Watch the six episodes on Netflix. It has an option for English audio so it is easy and convenient to watch.
Notes: The drama series “The Journalist” shares the same Japanese title “Shinbun Kisha” as the 2019 movie “The Journalist,” which is also set at the newspaper company Toto Newspaper and is directed by the same director Michihito Fujii, but features different characters and story from the movie version.