Recently I've been trying to get back into watching Jdramas, I picked 4 dramas I liked and suprisingly ALL of them had Satomi Ishihara as the female lead. I remember when the Johnnys boys were on every drama but they had a huge popularity back then. In Korea or even the US, actors choose one or two projects to film in a year but the few young Japanese actors seem to be rotating getting leads between and they usually have +4 projects a year. it doesn't seem like this only has to do with the actors' ambition, even if they want to take up a lot of work, if they don't get casted, they won't be able to. Japanese producers and scriptwriters are only offering jobs to the same actors over and over again or maybe there isn't enough young good looking actors so they have to give the roles to the same people everytime?
Kasumi Arimura, Satomi Ishihara, Mitsumi Takahata,Yuki Furukawa,Mirei Kiritani and Kengo Kora are some examples of usual leads.
lol. I remember when I watched a few J-dramas and many of them had some of the same actors or actresses. I just think a person who is liked a lot gets hired a lot. Kinda like at some points you can see certain Korean actresses or actors everywhere
There are 30+ dramas airing in Japan every season. Don't tell me that all 30+ dramas have those people you mentioned as leads? Have you even checked the listing for every season? This season alone, only Kiritani Mirei and Arimura Kasumi has a drama. No dramas for Ishihara, Takahata, Furukawa or Kora (Furukawa isn't even a go-to lead actor if compared to the people you've listed, by the way).
The thing is, out of 30+ drama aired per season, only like 10 get subbed, so that makes it like around 40 dramas per year that get subbed. And if your source of watching Jdramas is at streaming sites like Kissasian, then I'll have to tell you, that these sites only pick up like 3-4 dramas to be uploaded out of 10 that got subbed each season.
Japan has many actors if you even care to look at the whole industry. Let me give you an example from this season. Reverse has Fujiwara Tatsuya, Tamamori Yuta, Koike Teppei, Ichihara Hayato, all have experiences as lead actors. This drama has Fujiwara as the male lead, so the other 3 only play supporting leads, but that's the thing with Japan, they will still play supporting roles every now and then. Even an A-lister like Fujiwara has played many supporting roles in movies before.
Just check out this listing (and you can even check the lineup every season at the links below it), and you can see that a main actor doesn't even appear in more than 2 dramas per year: http://wiki.d-addict...Upcoming_JDrama