A follow up/update to the news previously blogged below thanks to Mashamasha of MashaPlus Info Forums for the translation. Picture taken from the source news at Yahoo Japan which was posted today!
masha today held a press conference to announce the on air of ryomaden in asia!, the places confirmed now are Taiwan, Korea, and Thailand, while HK and China and Vietnam are still in progress of negotiation
Ryoma-Den is going
Interesting, very interesting! I always had this impression that taiga dramas are aired exclusively in Japan only, no one would be interested in them! But I was wrong and all the more better because for once Masha's profile will be raised higher than just kept in Japan alone! Now how I wish he sang the themesong! Can't blame everybody for thinking like I did; that he is an actor first and foremost. Does this mean the eventual DVDs will have subtitles other than Japanese?
Anyway... the news proper as translated after Read More link.
Translated by River from mainichi article.
Ryomaden will be aired in Taiwan with Chinese subtitles
NHK Taiga drama (Sunday, 8pm) Ryomaden, starring Fukuyama Masaharu will be broadcasted in Taiwan this November. It was the next taiga to do so after Toshie and Matsu (2002). Korea, Thailand and Vietnam are hoping to follow Taiwan's steps, due to Fukuyama's popularity in Asian countries
In Taiwan, Ryomaden will be broadcasted in cable channel. It was set to air from Mon-Fri, from November with Chinese subtitles.
The last taiga drama to do so is Toshie and Matsu. The drama boasted an impressive cast of Toshiaki Kurusawa, Matsushima Nanako and Amami Yuki. Sakai Noriko, who was popular in Taiwan, even went there to promote the drama. She played the wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The press conference has become a big news during that time.
Fukuyama's fujitv drama, Under One Roof has been broadcasted in many other Asian countries, so he was popular and quite well-known. There were many fans from Asia that came to visit his photography exhibition when he held it in Nagasaki in 2008.
Korea, Thailand and Vietnam have also expressed an interest in airing the drama. NHK are currently negotiating with the respective stations. It is likely that Ryomaden will be aired in other Asian countries too.
The Taiwan's Cable TV were subscribed by 80% of the households. The station has planned its own promotion to attract viewers, like running the TV ads and also putting posters on the bus.