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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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Instant noodles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Instant noodles 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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Compact Disc player is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Compact Disc player Audio 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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Pocket Calculator is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Pocket Calculator Calculators

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

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Cup noodles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Cup noodles Food science

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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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Karate is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Karate Martial arts

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Platform game is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Platform game Video games

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Real Robot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Real Robot Film and animation

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Bullet Train is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Bullet Train Transport

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Blu-ray Disc is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Blu-ray Disc Storage technology

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Dvd is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Dvd Storage technology

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Liquid crystal display televis... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Liquid crystal display television Visual display units

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Android is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Android Robotics

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Katana is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Katana Weapons

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Walkman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Walkman Audio technology

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Quartz wristwatch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Quartz wristwatch Timekeeping

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Karaoke is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Karaoke Arts

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Jujutsu is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Jujutsu Martial arts

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Ninjutsu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Ninjutsu Martial arts

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Video cassette is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Video cassette Storage technology

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Biplane is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Biplane Aviation

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Magnetic steel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Magnetic steel Metallurgy

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Solar-powered calculator is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Solar-powered calculator Calculators

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Pocket television is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Pocket television Visual display units

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The fire balloon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

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Landing Gear is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Landing Gear Aviation

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Novel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Novel Literature

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Graphing Calculator is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Graphing Calculator Calculators

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Elimination theory is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Elimination theory Mathematics

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Motion-sensing controller is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Motion-sensing controller Game controllers

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Portable CD player is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Portable CD player Audio technology

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Umami is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Umami Food science

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Digital single-lens reflex cam... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Digital single-lens reflex camera Cameras

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Racing game is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Racing game Video games

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Blue Laser is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Blue Laser Electronics

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Plastic central processing uni... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Plastic central processing unit Electronics

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Handheld electronic camera is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Handheld electronic camera Cameras

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

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Thiamine (Vitamin B1) is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Thiamine (Vitamin B1) Biomedical science

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Epinephrine (Adrenaline) is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Epinephrine (Adrenaline) Biomedical science

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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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B vitamin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
B vitamin Biomedical science

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

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Videocassette recorder is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Videocassette recorder Electronics

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Plasma colour display is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Plasma colour display Visual display units