List of Japanese Inventions

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A list of famous Japanese inventions and innovations. Ancient cultures have long been known to discover, create, and produce new and useful tools, medicines, and foods, and ancient Japanese inventions are among the most popular discoveries still used today. This list of Japanese inventions includes martial arts like karate, aikido, and jujutsu, as well as modern Japanese inventions like karaoke.

Over the years, historical inventions from Japan have helped move society forward, enabling humans to hunt, eat, and travel in much more efficient ways. Ancient Japan inventions have also allowed people to learn more about the world, keep safe from wildlife, and stay healthier longer.

These inventions by Japanese inventors are labeled by era from which they came. Vote for your favorites to move them to the top of the list, and add any that you see missing.
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    Food science

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    Flash Memory is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Flash Memory Storage technology

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    Compact Disc is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Compact Disc Storage technology

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    Memory card is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Memory card Storage technology

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    Plasma television is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Plasma television Visual display units

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    Compact Disc player is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Compact Disc player Audio technology

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    Camcorder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Camcorder Cameras

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    Platform game is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Platform game Video games

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    Electric rice cooker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Electric rice cooker Domestic appliances

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    Katana is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Katana Weapons

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    Elimination theory Mathematics

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    Martial arts

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    Liquid crystal display televis... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Liquid crystal display television Visual display units

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    Walkman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Walkman Audio technology

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    Blu-ray Disc is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Blu-ray Disc Storage technology

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    Dvd is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Dvd Storage technology

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    Robotics

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    Quartz wristwatch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Quartz wristwatch Timekeeping

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    Cup noodles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Cup noodles Food science

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    Transport

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    Video cassette is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Video cassette Storage technology

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    Real Robot is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Real Robot Film and animation

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    Pocket television is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Pocket television Visual display units

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    Martial arts

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    Plastic central processing unit Electronics

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    Electronics

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    Ninjutsu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Ninjutsu Martial arts

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    Biplane is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Biplane Aviation

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    Umami is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Umami Food science

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    The fire balloon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    The fire balloon Weapons

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    Solar-powered calculator is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Solar-powered calculator Calculators

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    Portable CD player is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Portable CD player Audio technology

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    Autonomation (autonomous automation) Technology

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    Thiamine (Vitamin B1) Biomedical science

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    Epinephrine (Adrenaline) Biomedical science

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    Magnetic steel Metallurgy

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    Novel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Novel Literature

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    Motion-sensing controller is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Motion-sensing controller Game controllers

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    Graphing Calculator is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Graphing Calculator Calculators

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    Handheld electronic camera is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Handheld electronic camera Cameras

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    Digital single-lens reflex cam... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Digital single-lens reflex camera Cameras

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    Racing game is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Racing game Video games

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    Cultured pearl is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Cultured pearl Technology

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    Credit-card-sized calculator is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Credit-card-sized calculator Calculators

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    Vitamin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Vitamin Biomedical science

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    Shuriken is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Shuriken Weapons

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    Psychological horror is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Psychological horror Film and animation

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