Akira Kaido (Osamu Mukai) berasal dari latar belakang kaya. Ayahnya mengelola sebuah perusahaan besar. Akira Yamazaki (Takumi Saito) berasal dari latar belakang sulit. Ayahnya bangkrut dan keluarga mereka melarikan diri pada tengah malam. Akira Kaido dan Akira Yamazaki dipekerjakan di bank yang sama.
April 1986, pelatihan untuk karyawan bank baru berlangsung. Dua tim dibuat untuk menjalankan misi. Akira Kaido dan Akira Yamazaki memimpin tim lawan.
Kasumi (Erina Mano) gets a job as a teacher at an elementary school. This fulfills a lifelong dream for her, but Kasumi is too passionate with her job. She overworks herself and gets burned out from her job. Kasumi quits her teaching job. She is still only 28 years old. Kasumi needs to find work and begins to take short-term jobs. She meets mysterious employee Masakado (Atsuko Asano) of Hello Work.
Hatoko (Mikako Tabe) goes back to her hometown of Kamakura for the first time in 8 years. She has inherited her grandmother's store "Tsubaki Stationery Store." The store actually functions to write beautiful letters on behalf of its clients. At first, Hatoko, being new to the business, seems like a rookie, but she begins to display her talent for writing letters. She gets more requests.
It has been two years since Sagenya Machi (Kitagawa Keiko) and Yashiro Hajime (Nakamura Toru) left Teiko Real Estate’s Shinjuku office. Sales at the office, which is now led by Fuse Makoto (Kajihara Zen), have been sluggish because of the rise of a rival and the office is on the verge of closing down. Niwano Seiji (Kudo Asuka) visits Machi who has become the company president of Sanchi Real Estate to seek her help.
Kotoha Ninomiya (Manami Higa) works in the general affairs department at a confectionery company. Suddenly, she receives an order to transfer to the public relations department. She has a hard time there. Making things worse, Kotoha Ninomiya learns that Atsushi Imagawa (Dai Watanabe), whom she holds secret feelings for, is about to marry another woman. They have been friends since they were young. Heart broken, she attends Atsushi’s wedding ceremony. At the ceremony, she is moved by Kumi Kuon’s (Kyoko Hasegawa) congratulatory speech. Kotoha Ninomiya is a legendary speech writer.
In the late Tokugawa Shogunate, Asa was born as the second daughter of a wealthy merchant in Kyoto, Japan. Later, in Osaka, Asa entered various business fields like coal mines, banks, life insurance. She also founded the first female university in Japan.
Mia Kurihara (Emi Takei) works in the public relations department of a company. She falls in love with Kairi Miyoshi (Hideaki Takizawa). He is the vice president of the company, but he is also married.
Every day, bank branches encounter various problems like missing money, information leaks, loan problems & breach of duties. Mai Hanasaki's (Anne Watanabe) job is to go there and fix the problems. She is able to do so, even though she is just a bank clerk without higher level powers. Because of her character, Mai Hanasaki will not keep still when she sees a wrong. She's willing to stand up for the side of the weak, regardless of the relation between the top and bottom factions of the bank.
Kokoro Kurosawa (Haru Kuroki) used to be a contender for the Olympic Judo Team, but she now begins work at weekly manga magazine "Baibusu." She learns about editing from senior editor Kei Iokibe (Joe Odagiri). She becomes fascinated with the edition world including talking with manga writers, discovering new manga writers and efforts to reprint manga books.
The publishing industry is going through a turbulent time due to ebooks. Members of the editorial department struggle to come up with ways to sell more manga books.
Ayumu Ichinose (Yuto Nakajima) began to play Go from an early age. He focused only on Go and dreamed of becoming a professional Go player, but he repeatedly failed tests to turn pro. He is now 22-years-old. This is now his last chance to turn pro, because of the age limit of under 23-years-old. The day before his test, his mother collapses from overwork and is hospitalized. Ayumu fails again.
Ayumu is dejected that he can't become a pro Go player and spends his days as a part-time worker. His heartbroken mother asks acquaintances to make Ayumu take the last step step of an employment test at a general trading company. The last step is a one month internship at the general trading company. Aware of his mother's heartbroken feelings, Ayumu begins to work as an intern there. He quickly becomes known around the office as an intern that doesn't know anything and unable to even make simple document copies. Nevertheless, Ayumu decides to not give up and become an employee at the company.