My love for Yukie Nakama is pure, going back to her days as the star of the most excellent TRICK series, and I’m shocked to learn how little the star of a top-rated show gets paid — although I just have the American TV industry to compare with.
Nippon TV’s Saturday night drama “Gokusen” is proving to be a big hit for the network and a big money earner for popular actress Yukie Nakama who is earning 2 million yen an episode.
Audience rating for the drama, which first aired in 2002, reached a record high of 27.3% on Feb 19. Network executives say Nakama’s popularity is keeping the show above the 25% mark. (Japan Today)
The full article examines pay scales in the Japanese TV industry, which is quite surprising — to my eyes at least.