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The Best Japanese Brands

Updated April 6, 2021 4.9k votes 970 voters 37.5k views

Some of the biggest companies in the world are based in and began in Japan. From the world's largest automobile manufacturers like Toyota and Honda to leading electronics companies and trendy Japanese clothing brands, Japan has had a huge impact on the global business and consumer market. But which are the best Japanese brands available to consumers?

We've assembled the largest and most popular Japanese companies and brands for your perusal. Do you think Japanese entertainment brands like Sony and Nintendo are the greatest brands Japan has to offer? Or do you prefer their top quality automobiles? If we're talking Japan, you can't forget about the food and major companies like Ajinomoto and Kikkoman are listed here, along with the best whiskey in the world, which just happens to be Japanese. Who knew?!

Of course, Japan is also know for its leading photography companies like Nikon, Canon, and Olympus. Japanese fashion brands have also been taking the world by storm, with exports like Uniqlo and BAPE.

Which Japanese companies and brands from Japan do you think are highest quality and all around best? Vote below and if any of your favorite Japanese companies are missing, be sure to add them for others to vote on!
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  • 1
    253
    68

    Toyota

    Motor Vehicles and Passenger Car Bodies, Automotive industry
    The world's leading auto manufacturer, valued at $35 billion.
  • 2
    314
    99

    Sony

    Consumer electronics, Motion Picture and Video Production
    Home of PlayStation, Sony is valued at $8.4 billion.
  • 3
    280
    88

    Nintendo

    Consumer electronics, Video game
    Home of Mario, Donkey Kong, and other classic video game characters.
  • 4
    191
    47

    Panasonic Corporation

    Consumer electronics, Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
    Valued at $5.8 billion, Panasonic is the world's fourth largest television manufacturer.
  • 5
    201
    60

    Honda Motor Company, Ltd

    Truck, Aerospace
    Automobiles, generators, lawn mowers, and personal watercraft.
  • 6
    144
    35

    Canon Inc.

    Photography, Other Computer Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
    Leading company in cameras, printers, and photography accessories. Valued at $11 billion.
  • 7
    138
    48

    Toshiba

    Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing, Electronic Computer Manufacturing
    Founded in 1875, Toshiba produces electronics, appliances, IT, and communication equipment.
  • 8
    132
    43

    Lexus

    Automotive industry
    The luxury division of Toyota Motor Corporation, Lexus is valued at $2.7 billion.
  • 9
    98
    30

    Nikon Corporation

    Photographic and Photocopying Equipment Manufacturing, Photographic Equipment and Supplies
    Maker of optics and imaging products as well as photography equipment.
  • 10
    106
    36

    Subaru

    Manufacturing, Motor Industry
    Famous for those hatchbacks, the car company is part of Fuji Heavy Industries.
  • 11
    112
    41

    Mitsubishi Group

    Petroleum industry, Fossil fuel
    Spread out into many sectors including auto, mining, financial services, and more.
  • 12
    111
    43

    Sharp Corporation

    Consumer electronics
    Sharp produces televisions, home appliances, mobile phones, and other electronic equipment.
  • 13
    73
    19
  • 14
    91
    34

    Hitachi

    Special Industry Machinery, NEC
    Highly diversified company operating in 11 business segments, including electronics.
  • 15
    93
    38

    Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

    Financial Services, Motor Vehicles and Passenger Car Bodies
    Auto maker selling cars under the Nissan, Infiniti, Datsun, and NISMO brands.
  • 16
    83
    32

    Uniqlo

    Fashion, Clothing
    Stylish (but consumer friendly priced!) casual wear and high quality clothing.
  • 17
    69
    22

    Bridgestone

    Manufacturing, Tire Manufacturing (except Retreading)
    Best known for their automotive tires, they also manufacture golf products and bicycles.
  • 18
    82
    36

    Daikin

    Manufacturing, Air-Conditioning and Warm Air Heating Equipment and Commercial and Industrial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
    An air conditioner manufacturer headquartered in Osaka keeps things cool during summer.
  • 19
    94
    49

    Suzuki Motor Corporation

    Automotive industry
    In addition to cars, Suzuki also makes ATVs, wheelchairs, and outboard marine engines.
  • 20
    57
    29

    Nomura Securities

    Investment banking
    Nomura Securities specializes in financial services and management and consulting. 
  • 21
    35
    9

    Mitsubishi Corporation

    Food Manufacturing, Construction
  • 22
    57
    32

    ASICS

    Sports equipment, Sportswear
    Best known for their running shoes which consistently rank among the top performance footwear.
  • 23
    58
    33

    Konica Minolta

    Consumer electronics, Electronics industry
    The photography company merged with Japanese company Minolta in 2003 to form Konica Minolta.
  • 24
    48
    25

    Olympus Corporation

    Photographic and Photocopying Equipment Manufacturing, Photographic Equipment and Supplies
    Optics and photography company currently partnered with Sony and Mitsubishi.
  • 25
    45
    22

    Shimano

    Cycling
    The $800 million company specializes in cycling components, fishing, and rowing equipment.