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

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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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    Walkman Audio technology

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    Camcorder Cameras

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    Plasma television Visual display units

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    Calculators

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    Robotics

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    Electric rice cooker Domestic appliances

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    Compact Disc player Audio technology

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    Liquid crystal display television Visual display units

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    Martial arts

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    Quartz wristwatch Timekeeping

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    Video cassette Storage technology

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    Platform game Video games

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    Blu-ray Disc Storage technology

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    Dvd Storage technology

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    Psychological horror Film and animation

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    Cultured pearl Technology

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    Cup noodles Food science

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    The fire balloon Weapons

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    Arts

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    Ninjutsu Martial arts

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    Steampunk animation Film and animation

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    Stealth game Video games

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    Martial arts

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    Videocassette recorder Electronics

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    Solar-powered calculator Calculators

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    Bullet Train Transport

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    Biplane Aviation

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    Aviation

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    Katana Weapons

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    Samurai cinema Film and animation

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    Racing game Video games

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    Martial arts

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    Cel-shaded animation Film and animation

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    Survival horror Video games

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    Video games

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    Psychological horror game Video games

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    Ninja robot Robotics

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    Novel Literature

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    Dance pad Game controllers

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    Graphing Calculator Calculators

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    Umami Food science

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    Real Robot Film and animation

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    Digital single-lens reflex camera Cameras

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    Fighting game Video games

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    Pocket television Visual display units

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    Handheld electronic camera Cameras

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