Japan won’t have its own version of The Apprentice because of its “distinctive form of capitalism”

There’s a separate, localized UK version of The Apprentice, but there won’t be a similar such version in Japan. That’s because Fremantle Media, which distributes the show and its format worldwide, was unable to sell it there, even though they tried for a year, and even though the show’s catchphrase would have been “Off with your head!” in Japanese.

In part, that’s because “the Japanese concept of success differs markedly from that of the West,” the LA Times reports. “One must be more humble about success in Japan, a Fremantle executive said.”

The show was also unable to find an executive willing to be on television. Of those asked, “[m]ost cited a deep reluctance to draw attention to themselves, the opposite of the recent trend toward celebrity CEOs in the West that Trump has come to personify,” the Times reports. And without someone drawing attention to themselves and be an overblown, arrogant braggart jerk, it really wouldn’t be The Apprentice, would it?

Japanese version of ‘The Apprentice’ gets fired [LA Times]

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