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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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    Memory card Storage technology

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    Compact Disc Storage technology

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    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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    Electric rice cooker Domestic appliances

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    Martial arts

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    Platform game Video games

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    Blu-ray Disc Storage technology

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    Liquid crystal display television Visual display units

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    Robotics

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    Video cassette Storage technology

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    Arts

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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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    The fire balloon Weapons

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    Ninjutsu Martial arts

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    Umami Food science

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    Steampunk animation Film and animation

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    Katana Weapons

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    Psychological horror Film and animation

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    Stealth game Video games

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    Solar-powered calculator Calculators

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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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    Cultured pearl Technology

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    Aviation

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    Dance pad Game controllers

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    Biplane Aviation

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    Martial arts

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    Martial arts

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    Psychological horror game Video games

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    Ninja robot Robotics

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    Samurai cinema Film and animation

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    Novel Literature

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    Survival horror Video games

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    Video games

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    Graphing Calculator Calculators

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    Real Robot Film and animation

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    Digital single-lens reflex camera Cameras

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    Cel-shaded animation Film and animation

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    Shuriken Weapons

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    Judo Martial arts

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