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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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Plasma television is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Plasma television Visual display units

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Pocket Calculator is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Pocket Calculator Calculators

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Camcorder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Camcorder Cameras

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Compact Disc player is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Compact Disc player Audio technology

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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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Platform game is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Platform game Video games

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Karate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Karate Martial arts

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Blu-ray Disc is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Blu-ray Disc Storage technology

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Android is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Android Robotics

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Bullet Train is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Bullet Train Transport

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Katana is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Katana Weapons

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Real Robot is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Real Robot Film and animation

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Dvd is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Dvd Storage technology

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Liquid crystal display televis... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Liquid crystal display television Visual display units

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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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Jujutsu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Jujutsu Martial arts

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

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Karaoke is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Karaoke Arts

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The fire balloon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Japanese Inventions

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Video cassette is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Video cassette Storage technology

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Pocket television is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Pocket television Visual display units

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Plasma colour display is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Plasma colour display Visual display units

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Landing Gear is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Landing Gear Aviation

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Biplane is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Biplane Aviation

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Umami is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Umami Food science

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Graphing Calculator is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Graphing Calculator Calculators

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Portable CD player is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Portable CD player Audio technology

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Novel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Novel Literature

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Solar-powered calculator is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Solar-powered calculator Calculators

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Blue Laser is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Blue Laser Electronics

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Racing game is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Racing game Video games

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Elimination theory is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Elimination theory Mathematics

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Motion-sensing controller is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Motion-sensing controller Game controllers

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Shuriken is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Shuriken Weapons

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B vitamin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
B vitamin Biomedical science

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Cultured pearl is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Cultured pearl Technology

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Digital single-lens reflex cam... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Digital single-lens reflex camera Cameras

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Plastic central processing uni... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Plastic central processing unit Electronics

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Handheld electronic camera is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Handheld electronic camera Cameras

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Vitamin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Vitamin Biomedical science

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Autonomation (autonomous autom... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Autonomation (autonomous automation) Technology

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

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Epinephrine (Adrenaline) is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Epinephrine (Adrenaline) Biomedical science

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Thiamine (Vitamin B1) is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Thiamine (Vitamin B1) Biomedical science