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The Best Japanese Brands

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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  • Sony
    1
    Consumer electronics, Motion Picture and Video Production, Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
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    Home of PlayStation, Sony is valued at $8.4 billion.
  • Toyota
    2
    Motor Vehicles and Passenger Car Bodies, Automotive industry
    Amazon
    The world's leading auto manufacturer, valued at $35 billion.
  • Nintendo
    3
    Consumer electronics, Video game, Interactive entertainment
    Amazon
    Home of Mario, Donkey Kong, and other classic video game characters.
  • Panasonic Corporation
    4
    Consumer electronics, Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing, Home appliance
    Amazon
    Valued at $5.8 billion, Panasonic is the world's fourth largest television manufacturer.
  • Honda Motor Company, Ltd
    5
    Truck, Aerospace, Aviation
    Amazon
    Automobiles, generators, lawn mowers, and personal watercraft.
  • Canon Inc.
    6
    Photography, Other Computer Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing, Photographic Equipment and Supplies
    Amazon
    Leading company in cameras, printers, and photography accessories. Valued at $11 billion.
  • Subaru
    7
    Manufacturing, Motor Industry, Automotive industry
    Amazon
    Famous for those hatchbacks, the car company is part of Fuji Heavy Industries.
  • Nikon Corporation
    8
    Photographic and Photocopying Equipment Manufacturing, Photographic Equipment and Supplies
    Amazon
    Maker of optics and imaging products as well as photography equipment.
  • Lexus
    9
    Automotive industry
    Amazon
    The luxury division of Toyota Motor Corporation, Lexus is valued at $2.7 billion.
  • Mitsubishi Group
    10
    Petroleum industry, Fossil fuel, Automotive industry
    Amazon
    Spread out into many sectors including auto, mining, financial services, and more.
  • Toshiba
    11
    Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing, Electronic Computer Manufacturing, Computer Storage Device Manufacturing
    Amazon
    Founded in 1875, Toshiba produces electronics, appliances, IT, and communication equipment.
  • Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    12
    Financial Services, Motor Vehicles and Passenger Car Bodies, Automotive industry
    Amazon
    Auto maker selling cars under the Nissan, Infiniti, Datsun, and NISMO brands.
  • Sharp Corporation
    13
    Consumer electronics
    Amazon
    Sharp produces televisions, home appliances, mobile phones, and other electronic equipment.
  • Hitachi
    15
    Special Industry Machinery, NEC, All Other Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
    Amazon
    Highly diversified company operating in 11 business segments, including electronics.
  • Bridgestone
    16
    Manufacturing, Tire Manufacturing (except Retreading)
    Amazon
    Best known for their automotive tires, they also manufacture golf products and bicycles.
  • mazda
    17
    Automotive industry
    Amazon
  • Mitsubishi Corporation
    18
    Food Manufacturing, Construction, Financial Services
    Amazon
  • Uniqlo
    19
    Fashion, Clothing, Retail
    Amazon
    Stylish (but consumer friendly priced!) casual wear and high quality clothing.
  • Suzuki Motor Corporation
    20
    In addition to cars, Suzuki also makes ATVs, wheelchairs, and outboard marine engines.
  • Shimano
    21
    The $800 million company specializes in cycling components, fishing, and rowing equipment.
  • Olympus Corporation
    22
    Photographic and Photocopying Equipment Manufacturing, Photographic Equipment and Supplies, Electronics industry
    Amazon
    Optics and photography company currently partnered with Sony and Mitsubishi.
  • Daikin
    23
    Manufacturing, Air-Conditioning and Warm Air Heating Equipment and Commercial and Industrial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing, Air-Conditioning and Warm Air Heating Equipment and Commercial and Industrial Refrigeration Equipment
    Amazon
    An air conditioner manufacturer headquartered in Osaka keeps things cool during summer.
  • Casio
    24
    Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing, Household Audio and Video Equipment, Electronics industry
    Amazon
  • ASICS
    25
    Sports equipment, Sportswear
    Amazon
    Best known for their running shoes which consistently rank among the top performance footwear.