A Japanese version of the television program, ‘The Apprentice’ has failed to eventuate. One of the features of the US and UK version of the program sees contestants ending their run on the show with their boss, Donald Trump in the US version, yelling ‘You’re fired!’.

Especially after the trouble of high profile Livedoor president, Takafumi Horie getting arrested for shady dealings with his company Livedoor, company presidents in Japan are taking a low profile.

Employment in Japanese companies has traditionally been seen as a life long comittment. Only recently have people willing to change companies. Change is still somewhat slow in Japan.

Labour laws in Japan, are also very different to those in the US, where bosses don’t have the luxury to fire staff at will, without paying a hefty severance package to the employee.