Survivor (Japanese TV series)

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Created byCharlie Parsons
Presented byNeptune, Munehiro Tokita
Country of originJapan
Original languagesEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes39
Original release
ReleaseApril 9, 2002 (2002-04-09) –
March 11, 2003 (2003-03-11)
Expedition Robinson
Survivor U.S.

Survivor (サバイバー, Sabaibā) was a Japanese reality game show based on the popular international Survivor format. The show broadcast on the Tokyo Broadcasting System on Tuesdays. Its hosts were Neptune as 'Presenter', and Munehiro Tokita, a voice actor, as 'Guide Staff'. Four seasons were broadcast from April 2002 to March 2003. As of December 2019, the Tokyo Broadcasting System has not yet announced plans for a fifth season.

The prize for Sole Survivors was 10,000,000 yen.

Format & Rules[edit]

The show follows the same general format as the other editions of the show. 16 castaways are split between two teams and are taken to a remote isolated location and are forced to live off the land with meager supplies for 39 days. Frequent physical and mental challenges are used to pit the teams against each other for rewards, such as food or luxuries, or for "immunity", forcing the other tribe to attend "Tribal Council", where they must vote off one of their players.

Once about half the players are remaining, the tribes are merged into a single tribe, and competitions are on an individual basis; winning immunity prevents that player from being voted out. Most players that are voted out at this stage form the "Tribal Council Jury". Once down to two people, a final Tribal Council is held where the remaining players plead their case to the Jury as to why they should win the game. The jury then votes for which player should be considered the "Sole Survivor" and be awarded the grand prize of 10,000,000 yen.


List of Survivor Japan seasons
No. Season Season premiere Season finale Location Initial Tribes Winner Runner up Final vote
1 Survivor Japan: Palau 9 April 2002 (2002-04-09) 18 June 2002 (2002-06-18) Ngemelis Islands, Palau Two tribes of eight Eri Minoshima Daisuke Yoshino 5-0
2 Survivor Japan: Hokkaido 2 July 2002 (2002-07-02) 17 September 2002 (2002-09-17) Mikasa, Hokkaido, Japan Two tribes of eight Asami Kawamura Sakiko Sekiguchi 6-0
3 Survivor Japan: Philippines 15 October 2002 (2002-10-15) 17 December 2002 (2002-12-17) Siquijor, Philippines Two tribes of eight Yasuhito Ebisawa Sei Sugawara 4-3
4 Survivor Japan: North Mariana 14 January 2003 (2003-01-14) 11 March 2003 (2003-03-11) Rita, Northern Mariana Islands Two tribes of eight Kōshin Gunji Atsuko Koizumi 5-2


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