Kaseifu no Mita

Kaseifu no Mita (家政婦のミタ, I am Mita, Your Housekeeper[1]) is a 2011 Japanese television drama series. The story revolves around a family who is grieving over their mother's recent death. They hired Mita as a housekeeper to upkeep the house, which has been thrown into disarray. Mita, who is played by actress Nanako Matsushima, will do anything that her employer orders her to do, except smiling or revealing her past.

Kaseifu no Mita
Kaseifu no Mita poster.jpg
Also known asI am Mita, Your Housekeeper[1]
Written byKazuhiko Yukawa
Directed byRyuichi Inomata,
Toya Sato,
Jun Ishio,
Ken Higurashi
StarringNanako Matsushima,
Yumi Shirakawa
Theme music composerYoshihiro Ike,
Kazuyoshi Saito
Opening themeMain Thema of Mita
Ending themeYasashiku Naritai
Composer(s)Yoshihiro Ike
Country of originJapan
Original language(s)Japanese
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes11 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Yoshiki Tanaka
Producer(s)Futoshi Ohira, Masaharu Ota
Production location(s)Aka Rengasoko (Yokohama),
Chiba Zoological Park
Running time46 minutes (Ep 2-8)
60 minutes (Ep 1, 9-11)
Original networkNTV
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Audio formatStereophonic
Original releaseOctober 12 (2011-10-12) –
December 21, 2011 (2011-12-21)
Related showsThe Suspicious Housekeeper
External links
Official website

This television series was broadcast from October 12 to December 21, 2011, as part of Nippon Television's Tears Wednesday time slot, which airs every Wednesday from 10pm to 10:54pm.[2] On average, Kaseifu no Mita garnered a viewership rating of 25.2%.[3] Its last episode garnered a viewership rating of over 40% when it was aired,[3] making it the highest watched show of 2011 in Japan (The last TBS drama breaking 40% viewing was "Beautiful Life" in 2000).[4] Kaseifu no Mita won several awards, including the "Best Drama" award, at the 71st Television Drama Academy Awards.[5] Despite the popularity of Kaseifu no Mita, the scriptwriter revealed that there will not be any sequels to this series.[6]


The Asuda family, a father, Keiichi, and four children ranging in age from 5 to 16, are still grieving over the death of the mother, Nagiko. Through an agency, the father hires a new housekeeper to take charge of the housework. They get Mita, an impassive person who does her job impeccably, but speaks in monotones and completely suppresses her emotions. The agency owner warns the father to be careful about what family members ask Mita to do, because she will do anything that she is ordered to do, even going as far as to kill someone. The only thing she will not do is a task that requires her to smile or to speak about or reveal her past. During this period of time, the family becomes fragmented, as they each blame themselves for the mother's death. Mita helps guide the family through these problems, though she does not explicitly give them advice.

Eventually, the family manages to come to terms with their mother's death. They in turn help Mita to overcome her extremely traumatic past, because of which she cannot smile or speak her mind. Thanks to their constant care for her, Mita gradually starts to discover love again. However, Mita knows that she cannot become the stepmother of these children, and thus takes the drastic step of becoming a cruel and ultimately short-lived stepmother. In the end, Urara, the children's aunt, becomes their stepmother. Mita then reveals that she cannot work for them anymore, since she has found employment elsewhere. On Christmas Eve, the family finally managed to make Mita smile during their last dinner together. With the family having found their priorities in life, Mita leaves the family on Christmas Day to work for yet another household.

The characters include Urara, a kindly and well-intended woman who is the sister of the deceased mother but is also something of a klutz with a knack for showing up at inopportune moments and messing up, and Yoshiyuki Yuuki, who is Urara's father, the children's grandfather, who holds his son-in-law responsible for his daughter Nagiko's death. His anger and frustration gradually dissipate over the course of the events of the series. There is also a nosy and unpleasant neighbor who behaves in quite a cruel way to the Asudas, despite that fact that she has her own problems.


Harumi Housekeeping AgencyEdit

The housekeeper of the Asuda household. She does not smile, and is very efficient in carrying out her duties. Beneath her facade however, she have had the traumatic experience of losing all of the people that she had loved the most in her life. These people includes her father, husband and son. All of them had died under tragic circumstances. Because of this, she dare not start to love another person, for the fear that she might bring them ill-luck. Eventually, she starts to feel emotions again after the Asuda family's constant pestering for her to show her own feelings.
She is the head of the housekeeper agency that Akari is from. In addition to that, Harumi also used to be the housekeeper for Mita's family, and therefore knows her the best. She hopes that Mita would eventually smile on her own free will. Harumi later shifted the housekeeping agency to Okinawa, bringing Mita along with her.

Asuda HouseholdEdit

He is the head of the Asuda household. However, he wanted to divorce his wife to marry Kazama, with whom he was having an affair. This led to his wife's suicide. After the children found out, he and his children fell apart, and were only reunited with Mita's help. This also led to him being sacked from his prestigious job as a section chief in a reputable company. On the other hand, after this incident, he realized that his children were very important part of him.
The eldest child in the family. She is a second-year high school student, and is a member of her school's photography club. She blamed for being the cause of her mother's misery, because her parents were forced to marry due to the fact that Nagiko was pregnant with her. Yui nearly committed suicide after discovering that her boyfriend was actually toying with her. She even asked Mita to kill herself, though Mita was stopped in time. Yui later acted as a mother to the rest of the family, helping out with housework and making important decisions for them. Yui's name implies her role in the family - the role of being the one who bonds the family.
The eldest son in the family. He is a student in a public junior high school, and the captain of the school's basketball team. He is also a hot-headed person, and always makes rash decisions. However, he is very protective of his family members. His name Kakeru symbolizes his role as the protector of the Asuda family.
  • Shūto Ayabe as Kaito Asuda (阿須田 海斗, 12 years old)
The youngest son in the family. He is a sixth-grade student in elementary school, and is the class president of his class. Kaito aims to achieve high grades in order to enter a prestigious privately run junior high school. He has a calm personality, and is the one who comes up with solutions to solve the family's problems. Kaito's name is a pun, meaning that he will be "the one who finds answers to the family's problems".
  • Miyu Honda as Kii Asuda (阿須田 希衣, 6 years old)
The youngest member of the family. She is a very inquisitive girl, and always asks the question of "What is [that]?" whenever somebody uses a difficult word or phrase in front of her. The family decided to come and live together once again because of her suicidal threats. Kii's name comes from the term "key person",[clarification needed] which reflects her role of being the key source of happiness in the family.
The now-deceased wife of Keiichi. She had committed suicide after Keiichi gave her a set of divorce papers to sign. Because of her suicide, the Asuda family was thrown into turmoil.

Yuuki HouseholdEdit

  • Saki Aibu as Urara Yuuki (結城 うらら, 28 years old)
She is the sister of Nagiko and a PE teacher at Yui's high school. Urara is always doomed with bad luck, and everything she undertakes in good faith ends in failure. Despite that, she has a cheery personality and always wears a smile on her face. She later confessed her love for Keiichi, though knowing that the love was ill-fated, she married someone whom she had met at a marriage meeting. However, thanks to Mita, the Asuda family realized that she was an important member of the family, and she actually wards off the family's bad luck. In the end, the Asuda family choose Urara over Mita to be their mother (which was Mita's plan) and removed Urara from her wedding ceremony. Urara agreed that she will not marry Keiichi, though she will still be the family's "mother".
Keiichi's stubborn father-in-law and a school principal. He disapproves of Keiichi after his shotgun marriage to Nagiko, believing that his daughter was seduced by him. He nearly adopted the Asuda children against their wishes, believing that he can do a better job raising them than Keiichi. However, he soften his attitude towards the family after Mita pretended to be Nagiko's ghost at the Asuda family's orders. Although he eventually uncovered the hoax, he was very touched by Mita's account. Towards the end of the show, he becomes a doting grandfather towards the Asuda children.

Mita HouseholdEdit

Mita's deceased husband. Naoya was a successful doctor, and was 37 years old when he died. He had died in a fire that Mita's half-brother had started due to a dispute.
Mita's deceased son. Jun had died in the fire that had also claimed the life of his father. Mita is constantly haunted by his pleas for help he had made before he got burned to death.
She constantly blames Mita for Naoya's death, saying that her smile brought bad luck to her loved ones. She also ordered Mita to not smile again to show that she was truly remorseful for Naoya's death.
He also blames Mita for the death of his son.

Minakawa HouseholdEdit

  • Hitomi Satō as Mariko Minagawa (皆川 真利子, 39 years old)
The neighbor of the Asuda household. She disapproves of the Asuda household because they have no mother. She is extremely protective of her son Tsubasa, and is also concerned about his studies. However, when she discovered that her own husband was having an affair behind her back she ordered Mita (who was at that time their housekeeper) to kill the whole family. She was chased out of the house after her plan was uncovered.
The son of Mariko and Kii's classmate. He was the one that revealed that his father was having an affair.
Mariko's husband. He revealed that he regretted marrying Mariko, and had a secret affair behind her back.


  • Maho Nonami as Mie Kazama, Keiichi's coworker
  • Syuusuke Saito as Takuya Ozawa, Yui's senior in school. He was also once Yui's boyfriend.


Kaseifu no Mita was first announced on 12 August 2011.[7] It was announced that Nanako Matsushima will be the lead actress in the series.[7] This is her first role in a television drama series after a two-year hiatus.[7] Nanako said that she was familiar with the scriptwriter Kaseifu no Mita, since they had collaborated on drama series like Great Teacher Onizuka and Majo no Jōken (which are Nanako's signature works), though this was the first time they had collaborated on a family drama.[7] She added that she was "happy to challenge a new genre."[7]


Kaseifu no Mita was aired in the Nippon Television's Tears Wednesday drama time slot, which is aired every Wednesday, 10 to 10:54pm.[7] Due to the popularity of this series, episodes 9, 10 and 11 all had an extended broadcast.[8] Before the final episode of the series was shown, an hour-long special program featuring special behind-the-scenes footage of Kaseifu no Mita was broadcast.[8]

Scriptwriter Kazuhiko Yukawa announced that there will be no more sequels to this series, despite its popularity.[6] He said that he wanted "to leave [the remainder] to the viewers' imaginations".[6]


Episode title Romanized title Translation of title Broadcast date Ratings[9]
Ep. 1
Hōkai sunzen no katei ni yattekita egao o wasureta kōri no on'na…
An emotionless women who has forgotten how to smile comes to a household that is on the verge of breaking up
October 12, 2011
Ep. 2
Boku o uragitta aitsu o koroshite
Kill that double-crosser
October 19, 2011
Ep. 3
Haha o koroshita chichi no shōtai o abaite
The truth of Papa driving Mama to commit suicide is exposed
October 26, 2011
Ep. 4
Anata no manamusume o yūkai shimashita
Your daughter has been kidnapped
November 2, 2011
Ep. 5
全部脱いで! …承知しました
Zenbu nuide! … Shōchishimashita
Take off all your clothes… Very well
November 9, 2011
Ep. 6
私を殺して! …承知しました
Watashi o koroshite! … Shōchishimashita
Kill me… Very well
November 16, 2011
Ep. 7
Shinu made nidoto waraimasen…
Even until I die, I will not smile again
November 23, 2011
Ep. 8
Watashi no kako, subete ohanashi shimasu
I will tell you my whole past
November 30, 2011
Ep. 9
最終章の始まり! 一筋の涙…炎の中で私を死なせて
Sai shūshō no hajimari! Hitosuji no namida…-en no naka de watashi o shina sete
'The beginning of the final chapter! A stream of tears… Let me die in the flames
December 7, 2011
Ep. 10
Musuko yo, otto yo, onegai… watashi mo tengoku ni tsureteitte!
My son! My husband! Please bring me to heaven, I beg you!
December 14, 2011
Ep. 11
Hontō no hahaoya… sore wa anata-tachi ga kimeru kotodesu!
Who is your real mother…that is up to you all to decide
December 21, 2011
Ratings for Kanto region (average rating: 25.17%)[10]


Kaseifu no Mita was extremely well received by the Japanese television viewers. It garnered an average viewership rating of 25.17%, the highest of any 2011 Japanese television dramas.[9] In addition, the "Mita" effect is attributed as one of the main factors that allowed broadcaster Nippon Television to become the top broadcaster in Japan in 2011, beating the previous record-holder Fuji Television.[11]

In particular, its last episode achieved the highest viewership rating of 40.0%.[12] At one point in the broadcast, the viewership ratings hit 42.8% in the Kantō region.[12] This makes this episode the second-most watched Japanese television program of 2011, after NHK's 62nd Kouhaku Uta Gassen program.[4] The episode also ranks as the third-most viewed in the history of Japanese television dramas, excluding NHK's "Asadora" and "Taiga" dramas.[12] Oricon noted that previously, viewership ratings of 30% were considered as the norm, but in modern days, viewership ratings of 40% can be considered "divine".[12] Additionally, this episode achieved viewership ratings of 36.4% and 34.6% in the Kansai region and Nagoya respectively.[13]


Year Award Category Result Recipient
2011 71st Television Drama Academy Awards Best Drama Won Kaseifu no Mita[5]
Best Actress Won Nanako Matsushima[5]
Best Supporting Actor Won Hiroki Hasegawa[5]
Best Screenwriter Won Kazuhiko Yukawa[5]
Best Director Won Ryuichi Inomata, Toya Sato, Jun Ishio, Ken Higurashi[5]
Best Theme Song Won Yasashiku Naritai[5]
2012 Élan d'Or Award Best Newcomer Won Hiroki Hasegawa[14]
Producer Award Won Futoshi Ohara[15]

Theme songEdit

The theme song for the television drama Kaseifu no Mita is Yasashiku Naritai by Kazuyoshi Saito.[16] This was revealed in an announcement made on September 29, 2011.[16] Yasashiku Naritai is the first song Kazuyoshi has provided for a Japanese television drama since the 2009 NHK drama Keiji no Genba 2.[16] Main leads from Kaseifu no Mita were also featured in the song's music video.[16]

The song later became Kazuyoshi's 39th single, and this single album was released in Japan by Victor Entertainment[17] on November 2, 2011.[18] The single debuted at the 6th position on the Oricon TOP10 weekly charts, with its sales boosted by the good reception of Kaseifu no Mita.[18] It sold 70 thousand copies as of December 27, 2011.[18] Yasashiku Naritai is also the winner of the "Best Theme Song" category at the 71st Television Drama Academy Awards.[5]


A South Korean remake titled The Suspicious Housekeeper starring Choi Ji-woo and Lee Sung-jae was produced in 2013.[19]


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  11. ^ みんなミタ! 日テレ"ミタ効果"で8年ぶり視聴率3冠王. Oricon (in Japanese). January 2, 2012. Retrieved March 13, 2012.
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  13. ^ 話題沸騰「家政婦のミタ」最終回は40%. Sankei Digital Inc (in Japanese). December 22, 2011. Archived from the original on February 21, 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  14. ^ 【2012エランドール賞】長谷川博己ビックリ! "ミタ"松嶋菜々子がサプライズ祝福. Oricon (in Japanese). February 9, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  15. ^ "Élan d'Or Award". All Nippon Producers Association (in Japanese). Retrieved March 12, 2012.
  16. ^ a b c d 斉藤和義、2年ぶりにドラマ主題歌~デビュー19年目で民放初. Oricon (in Japanese). September 29, 2011. Retrieved March 13, 2012.
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  19. ^ Oh, Jean (September 16, 2013). "Choi Ji-woo to play modern-day Mary Poppins". The Korea Herald. Retrieved September 28, 2013.

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Preceded by
Bull Doctor
(06/07/2011 - 14/09/2011)
NTV Tears Wednesday
Wednesdays 22:00 - 22:54 (JST)
Succeeded by
Dirty Mama!
(01/11/2012 - 14/03/2012)