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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 Storage technology

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    Compact Disc Storage technology

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    Memory card Storage technology

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    Pocket Calculator Calculators

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    Camcorder Cameras

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    Plasma television Visual display units

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    Compact Disc player Audio technology

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    Walkman Audio technology

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    Martial arts

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    Platform game Video games

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    Electric rice cooker Domestic appliances

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    Blu-ray Disc Storage technology

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    Video cassette Storage technology

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    Robotics

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    Liquid crystal display television Visual display units

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    Cup noodles Food science

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    Quartz wristwatch Timekeeping

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    Dvd Storage technology

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    Ninjutsu Martial arts

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    Katana Weapons

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    The fire balloon Weapons

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    Steampunk animation Film and animation

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    Umami Food science

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    Psychological horror Film and animation

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    Martial arts

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    Portable CD player Audio technology

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    Bullet Train Transport

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    Racing game Video games

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    Videocassette recorder Electronics

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    Martial arts

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    Stealth game Video games

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    Solar-powered calculator Calculators

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    Cultured pearl Technology

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    Real Robot Film and animation

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    Biplane Aviation

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    Dance pad Game controllers

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    Psychological horror game Video games

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    Ninja robot Robotics

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    Video games

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    Samurai cinema Film and animation

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    Epinephrine (Adrenaline) Biomedical science

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    Survival horror Video games

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    Motion-sensing controller Game controllers

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    Graphing Calculator Calculators

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    Novel Literature

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    Digital single-lens reflex camera Cameras

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    Cel-shaded animation Film and animation

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