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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    Camcorder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Camcorder Cameras

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    Pocket Calculator is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Pocket Calculator Calculators

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    Plasma television is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Plasma television Visual display units

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    Compact Disc player is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Compact Disc player Audio technology

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    Electric rice cooker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Electric rice cooker Domestic appliances

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    Elimination theory Mathematics

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

    Platform game Video games

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    Katana is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Katana Weapons

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    Martial arts

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    Walkman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Walkman Audio technology

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

    Quartz wristwatch Timekeeping

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    Android is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Android Robotics

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    Blu-ray Disc is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Blu-ray Disc Storage technology

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    Cup noodles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Cup noodles Food science

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    Electronics

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    Liquid crystal display televis... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Liquid crystal display television Visual display units

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    Dvd is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Dvd Storage technology

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

    Ninjutsu Martial arts

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    Transport

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    Real Robot is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Real Robot Film and animation

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    Pocket television is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Pocket television Visual display units

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    The fire balloon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    The fire balloon Weapons

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

    Biplane Aviation

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

    Umami Food science

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    Martial arts

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    Psychological horror is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Psychological horror Film and animation

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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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    Digital single-lens reflex cam... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Digital single-lens reflex camera Cameras

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    Motion-sensing controller is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Motion-sensing controller Game controllers

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    Graphing Calculator is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Graphing Calculator Calculators

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    Shuriken is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Shuriken Weapons

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    Martial arts

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    Handheld electronic camera is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Handheld electronic camera Cameras

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    Nuclear medicine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Nuclear medicine Biomedical science

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    Judo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Judo Martial arts

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    Videocassette recorder is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Videocassette recorder Electronics

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

    Novel Literature

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    Racing game is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Racing game Video games

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    Stealth game is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

    Stealth game Video games

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

    Cultured pearl Technology

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    Epinephrine (Adrenaline) Biomedical science

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    Thiamine (Vitamin B1) Biomedical science

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