Who Wants to
a Japanese Language Expert?
Ever wonder what "Who Wants to be a
Millionaire?" might look like if there were only Japanese language
questions? Take the quiz and find out how you would do. Before
we start the game, I will tell you a little bit about the Japanese
version of this popular show.
The quiz show " Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" is one of the a biggest successes in the history of TV. Versions of the show are licensed and on the air in 31 countries, and 19 more companies have opted to start local versions soon. In most places it's a big hit.
Japan is the one of the few countries where it has failed. It has been a huge disappointment in the ratings. The Japanese version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" was called "Kuizu Mirioneraa (Quiz $ Millionaire)" and started in April. It was the first foreign TV format to be shown in Japanese prime time. The prize money was limited to10 million yen (about $108,000) by Japanese law, far less than their American counterparts. However it was the biggest prize in the history of Japanese TV.
It is interesting that its failure showed the side of the Japanese culture and morals. The Japanese have very different values about money from that of North America. There is a cultural bias against individuals who show off wealth.
Well, are you ready for the game now? There are no real prizes for this Japanese language version (the $ amounts only indicate difficulty), therefore you don't have to feel guilty with regards to Japanese morals ...