List of Japanese Inventions Anything
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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
  2. 2
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    Compact Disc

    Storage technology
  3. 3
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    Flash Memory

    Storage technology
  4. 4
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    Memory card

    Storage technology
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    Walkman

    Audio technology
  6. 6
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    Camcorder

    Cameras
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    Plasma television

    Visual display units
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    Martial arts
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    Compact Disc player

    Audio technology
  10. 10
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    Video cassette

    Storage technology
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    Cup noodles

    Food science
  12. 12
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    Arts
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    Liquid crystal display television

    Visual display units
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    Platform game

    Video games
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    Blu-ray Disc

    Storage technology
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    Pocket Calculator

    Calculators
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    Robotics
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    Martial arts
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    Psychological horror

    Film and animation
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    Electric rice cooker

    Domestic appliances
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    Cultured pearl

    Technology
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    Dvd

    Storage technology
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    Ninjutsu

    Martial arts
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    Videocassette recorder

    Electronics
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    Stealth game

    Video games
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    Quartz wristwatch

    Timekeeping
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    Racing game

    Video games
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    Cel-shaded animation

    Film and animation
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    Solar-powered calculator

    Calculators
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    Martial arts
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    Survival horror

    Video games
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    Bullet Train

    Transport
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    Dance pad

    Game controllers
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    Psychological horror game

    Video games
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    The fire balloon

    Weapons
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    Aviation
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    Video games
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    Samurai cinema

    Film and animation
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    Novel

    Literature
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    Fighting game

    Video games
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    Steampunk animation

    Film and animation
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    Real Robot

    Film and animation
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    Judo

    Martial arts
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    Handheld electronic camera

    Cameras
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    Pocket television

    Visual display units
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    Portable CD player

    Audio technology
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    Credit-card-sized calculator

    Calculators
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    Digital single-lens reflex camera

    Cameras
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    Katana

    Weapons
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    Biplane

    Aviation
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