Survivor (Japanese TV series)
was a Japanese
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 version of the Survivor
Survivor (TV series)
Survivor is a reality television game show format produced in many countries throughout the world. In the show, contestants are isolated in the wilderness and compete for cash and other prizes. The show uses a system of progressive elimination, allowing the contestants to vote off other tribe...

game show
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, broadcast on the Tokyo Broadcasting System
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 on Tuesdays.

Its hosts were Neptune
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 as 'Presenter', and Munehiro Tokita, a voice actor
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, as 'Guide Staff'. Four series were broadcast from April 2002 to March 2003.

In the Japanese version, more subtitles
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 and narrations
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 were used than in the American version, because Japanese people express themselves less than Americans.

The prize for Sole Survivors was 10,000,000 yen
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Format and rules

Japanese Survivor followed the format of American Survivor
Survivor (U.S. TV series)
Survivor is an American version of the Survivor reality television game show, itself derived from the Swedish television series Expedition Robinson originally created in 1997 by Charlie Parsons. The series premiered on May 31, 2000 on CBS...

, with some differences.

In all series, sixteen contestants were separated into two tribes ('teams' in the Japanese version) which consisted of four men and four women. When ten or nine players remained, the contestants merged into one team. Original team colors were yellow and light blue; the merged team's color was green.

When a player was forced out of the game due to sickness, he/she could not be a member of the jury.

In the event of a tie at Tribal Councils, numbers of past votes were used, and a player who had obtained the larger number of votes was eliminated.
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