31 May – Following reports that Kyoko Fukada is taking a break from showbiz to focus on her health, it was recently revealed that fellow actress Manami Higa will be replacing her in the upcoming Fuji TV drama, "Oshi no Oujisama".
As reported on Mingpao, sources recently revealed that Manami will be taking over the role previously given to Kyoko as Hidaka Izumi, a CEO of a start-up company that develops romance games.
Speaking about her involvement in the project, Manami expressed that she will do her best to portray her character, adding, "I pray that [Kyoko] recovers as soon as possible."
The upcoming drama also co-stars Watanabe Keisuke, who plays Manami's love interest. It will begin filming in June with a July broadcast.
Last week, Kyoko's camp released a statement saying that the actress has decided to take an abrupt hiatus after being diagnosed with adjustment disorder.