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Will ‘Shogun Abe’ ever learn how to govern wisely with decency?

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Actor Sakae Takita, who played Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616) in the Japan Broadcasting Corp.'s (NHK) year-long "taiga" historical TV drama series in 1983, once explained that after a full year of portraying the first shogun of the Tokugawa Shogunate and de-facto military dictator, he began to feel as if he himself had achieved that exalted status.

That was why he was quite irked when he was invited, right after completing his year-long NHK stint, to audition for a musical.

Recalling that time on a radio talk show, Takita said he felt deeply insulted to be treated as "just another actor." Utterly preposterous as it was, he felt like........

© The Asahi Shimbun