According to Arama
It will be the first time the broadcaster will have a non-Japanese play the female lead in the legendary 15-minute time slot that starts at 8 a.m. Monday through Saturday, NHK spokeswoman Kaori Fujieda said in Osaka. The upcoming series will be titled “Massan,” and will be about a Scottish woman who married a Japanese trying to start a whiskey distillery during the Taisho Era early in the 20th century.
The story will be set in a time when whiskey was little known in Japan. The heroine will meet Massan, the son of a sake brewer, in Scotland, follow him to Japan and marry him at a time when international couples were a rarity. She learns the language and local manners, lives as a Japanese and supports her husband and his employees at the distillery he establishes in Hokkaido.Spokeswoman Fujieda said NHK is asking domestic and overseas talent agencies to hunt for female candidates aged 25 to 40 who grew up in Western society. The network “basically” wants a Caucasian, but is open to a half-Japanese — or even three-quarters Japanese, if she is qualified, Fujieda said.Experience won’t be a requirement, but someone confident in her singing is desirable, as Scottish folk songs sung by the couple will be a key element of the drama, Fujieda said.
I wonder when we'll see one with a Black actress, or if that has been done already.
A while ago on tumblr there was a discussion on Black people in Japanese dramas, I mentioned the only Black person I've ever seen with some sort of speaking role was in this drama about a Japanese woman teaching English to foreign studies (I am too lazy to google the show now but it had the actress that was in Yankee-kun to Megane-chan). One of the students was a Black man, he seemed African but was trying to act African American, I'm not sure if that was from the people behind the drama or not (I've heard/read a lot about Africans pretending to be African American in Asian countries because they apparently get treated better when they do).
Anyway I'm going to imagine what it will be like when a Black woman stars in a Japanese drama now.