Fighting the good fight is often an uphill battle, but Matsuda refuses to give in
“The Journalist” tells the story of Anna Matsuda (Ryôko Yonekura), an experienced investigative journalist who tirelessly strives for justice. When a scandal over the sale of land at subsidized prices emerges, it is quickly revealed that the country’s prime minister and his wife are implicated in the same thing.
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The scandal concerns the handling of a particular Eishin academy. As the media houses chase the truth, the government is trying to hide the scandal by hiring a select few from the fiancé office to hide the Prime Minister’s traces and business related to the scandal. During these events, Suzuki Kazuya (Hidetaka Yoshioka), an associate with a solid moral compass, struggled with it.
To hide how deep the scandal is, Mouri Yoshikazu, the general manager of the fiancé’s office, falls, although it is not his fault. Kazuya, who kept a detailed record of all the inventions she made, is experiencing a crisis of consciousness. While he tries to go to Matusda, fear of the consequences holds him back. He gives the information to Kurosaki, his supervisor, before committing suicide.
Meanwhile, Matsuda is determined to blow this case wide open, as her brother has become a victim of the bureaucracy as he too tried to be a whistleblower not long ago. The stress of the situation resulted in his having a heart attack and falling into a coma.
When Mayumi (Shinobu Terajima), Kazuya’s wife, brings the evidence to Matsuda, she blows up the case and has him successfully brought to justice. The series ends with a conversation about Japan and its youth struggling with Covid when Kazuya’s nephew, inspired by Matsuda’s struggle for justice, becomes a journalist and tries to tell stories of the struggle. Meanwhile, Murakami, the former secretary of the prime minister and a key witness in the scandal, agrees when he realizes he became a bureaucrat to help people. The series ends with these central characters preparing to fight the good fight while realizing that it will be a long and arduous one.
“The Journalist” launches on January 13, 2022 on Netflix.