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Survivor: Japan
Japan
Season 64
Filming Location Japan
Tribes      Kazan
     Shimu
     Shinto
Returning Castaways
Oceania Dalton
Kendall
Dodranscentennial  Ross
Second Chances Zain
Centennial Ross
Chronology
Previous Season Survivor: Tanzania
Next Season Survivor: Chile

Survivor: Japan was the sixty-fourth season of Survivor. 

The season ended when Ross won the title of Sole Survivor, beating Jacob by a 4-1 jury vote at the Final Tribal Council. The season featured 16 contestants dubbed as "castaways" marooned on two separate beaches in Japan. They were divided into two tribes: Kazan in red and Shimu in purple. The tribe names are Japanese words. Kazan means volcano and Shimu means water. On Day 36, the tribes merged into the black Shinto tribe, named for the famed shinto shrines.

The main twist this season was the near lack of a merge. Whereas past seasons featured small merges, such as Survivor: Panama and Survivor: Micronesia, this season only saw a merge at 4 and a jury of five, the smallest percentage of castaways used for usual post-merge positions. Producers stated they wanted to see what would happen if there was simply not a merge. This was a bold move, however, as past elongated pre-merges were met with negative reviews, with the exception of Panama. This season was no different. 

The original plan was to implement a tribe switch during Episode 5, a mutiny during Episode 8, and a final tribe switch in Episode 12. When the Kazan tribe was continuously losing, producers moved the mutiny forward, which proved eventful. The other tribe switches were shelved. Critics said that had there been more tribe switches, there would have been more tribal interaction and therefore more interesting moments. 

Critics deemed this season to be one of the worst to date. EW said, "By putting more emphasis on twists rather than cast, producers are relying on an equal balance, which is very hard to do. Had they mixed it up and forced the contestants to act, we would have been more entertained than watching seven people demoralized, starving, near death, just sad that the merge has not come yet. The merge at four is not even a merge. This season was an awful, awful choice so far into the show's run." 

Similarly, SUG said, "What happened? You would think that all those years of bad decisions would eradicate something like this. But this was just awful. I would never watch this season again. Also, the jury of five needs to stop. It worked once, but not this time."

At the first tribal council of the merged tribe, the vote resulted in a tie. Usually at the final four, a tie results in a firemaking tiebreaker. However, due to a poor season, producers hoped to amp the show by resorting to a purple rock. This was met with more negative reviews. From then on, the rules were soldiifed so that a tie at the final four would result in a firemaking tiebreaker. 

At the finale of this season, James announced the discontinuation of the Player of the Season and the Entertainment Awards. 

ContestantsEdit

Contestant Original Tribe Post-Mutiny Merged Tribe Finish Total Votes
Carolina Kazan 1st Voted Out
Day 3
7
Liz Kazan 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
7
Oscar Kazan 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
5
Bailey Kazan 4th Voted Out
Day 12
4
Ben Shimu Shimu 5th Voted Out
Day 15
5
Aubrey Shimu Shimu 6th Voted Out
Day 18
4
Tatum Shimu Kazan 7th Voted Out
Day 21
5
Kendall Shimu Kazan 8th Voted Out
Day 24
3
Elyse Kazan Kazan 9th Voted Out
Day 27
9
Zain Shimu Shimu 10th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 30
5
Cory Kazan Kazan 11th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 33
2
Mallory Shimu Shimu 12th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 35
2
Chad Kazan Kazan Shinto Eliminated*
4th Jury Member
Day 37
4
Dalton Kazan Kazan 13th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 38
1
Jacob Shimu Shimu Runner-Up 2
Ross Shimu Shimu Sole Survivor 2
  • When the vote resulted in a tie, Chad drew the purple rock and was eliminated. 

The GameEdit

Episode # Immunity Eliminated Vote Finish
1 Shimu Carolina 7-1 1st Voted Out
Day 3
2 Shimu Liz 6-1 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
3 Shimu Oscar 5-1 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
4 Shimu Bailey 4-1 4th Voted Out
Day 12
5 Kazan Ben 5-1 5th Voted Out
Day 15
6 Kazan Aubrey 3-2 6th Voted Out
Day 18
7 Shimu Tatum 5-1 7th Voted Out
Day 21
8 Shimu Kendall 3-2 8th Voted Out
Day 24
9 Shimu Elyse 3-1 9th Voted Out
Day 27
10 Kazan Zain 3-1 10th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 30
11 Shimu Cory 2-1 11th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 33
12 Kazan Mallory 2-1 12th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 35
Finale Ross Chad 2-2 Eliminated*
4th Jury Member
Day 37
Jacob Dalton 1-0 13th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 38
Jury Vote Jacob 4-1 Runner-Up
Ross Sole Survivor

Voting HistoryEdit

Original Tribes Post-Mutiny Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Finale
Eliminated: Carolina
7/8 votes
Liz
6/7 votes
Oscar
5/6 votes
Bailey
4/5 votes
Ben
5/6 votes
Aubrey
3/5 votes
Tatum
5/6 votes
Kendall
3/5 votes
Elyse
3/4 votes
Zain
3/4 votes
Cory
2/3 votes
Mallory
2/3 votes
Tie Chad
 No vote*
Dalton
1/1 votes
Ross Ben Aubrey Zain Mallory Chad Chad
Jacob Ben Aubrey Zain Mallory Chad Dalton
Dalton Carolina Liz Oscar Bailey Tatum Kendall Elyse Cory Jacob Jacob
Chad Carolina Liz Oscar Bailey Tatum Kendall Elyse Cory Jacob
Mallory Ben Zain Zain Ross
Cory Carolina Liz Oscar Bailey Tatum Elyse Elyse Chad
Zain Ben Aubrey Ross
Elyse Carolina Liz Oscar Bailey Tatum Kendall Chad
Kendall Tatum Elyse
Tatum Elyse
Aubrey Ben Zain
Ben Aubrey
Bailey Carolina Liz Oscar Elyse
Oscar Carolina Liz Elyse
Liz Carolina Elyse
Carolina Liz
  • When the vote resulted in a tie, Chad drew the purple rock and was eliminated. 

Jury VoteEdit

Jury Vote
Finalists: Jacob
1/5 votes
Ross
4/5 votes
Juror Vote
Dalton Ross
Chad Ross
Mallory Jacob
Cory Ross
Zain Ross

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