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The Best Japanese Brands  

Derrick Deane
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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 Corporation is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Japanese Brands
Consumer electronics, Motion Picture and Video Production, Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
Home of PlayStation, Sony is valued at $8.4 billion.
2
Nintendo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Japanese Brands
Consumer electronics, Video game, Interactive entertainment
Home of Mario, Donkey Kong, and other classic video game characters.
3
Honda Motor Company, Ltd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Japanese Brands
Truck, Aerospace, Aviation
Automobiles, generators, lawn mowers, and personal watercraft.
4
Panasonic Corporation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Japanese Brands
Consumer electronics, Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing, Home appliance
Valued at $5.8 billion, Panasonic is the world's fourth largest television manufacturer.
5
Toyota is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Japanese Brands
Motor Vehicles and Passenger Car Bodies, Automotive industry
The world's leading auto manufacturer, valued at $35 billion.
6
Canon Inc. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Japanese Brands
Photography, Other Computer Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing, Photographic Equipment and Supplies
Leading company in cameras, printers, and photography accessories. Valued at $11 billion.
7
Toshiba is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Japanese Brands
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing, Electronic Computer Manufacturing, Computer Storage Device Manufacturing
Founded in 1875, Toshiba produces electronics, appliances, IT, and communication equipment.
8
Lexus is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Japanese Brands
Automotive industry
The luxury division of Toyota Motor Corporation, Lexus is valued at $2.7 billion.
9
Nikon Corporation is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Japanese Brands
Photographic and Photocopying Equipment Manufacturing, Photographic Equipment and Supplies
Maker of optics and imaging products as well as photography equipment.
10
PlayStation is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Japanese Brands
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11
Mitsubishi Group is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Japanese Brands
Petroleum industry, Fossil fuel, Automotive industry
Spread out into many sectors including auto, mining, financial services, and more.
12
Sharp Corporation is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Japanese Brands
Consumer electronics
Sharp produces televisions, home appliances, mobile phones, and other electronic equipment.
13
Daikin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Japanese Brands
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
An air conditioner manufacturer headquartered in Osaka keeps things cool during summer.
14
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Japanese Brands
Financial Services, Motor Vehicles and Passenger Car Bodies, Automotive industry
Auto maker selling cars under the Nissan, Infiniti, Datsun, and NISMO brands.
15
Subaru is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Japanese Brands
Manufacturing, Motor Industry, Automotive industry
Famous for those hatchbacks, the car company is part of Fuji Heavy Industries.
16
Hitachi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Japanese Brands
Special Industry Machinery, NEC, All Other Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
Highly diversified company operating in 11 business segments, including electronics.
17
Uniqlo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Japanese Brands
Fashion, Clothing, Retail
Stylish (but consumer friendly priced!) casual wear and high quality clothing.
18
Suzuki Motor Corporation is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Japanese Brands
Automotive industry
In addition to cars, Suzuki also makes ATVs, wheelchairs, and outboard marine engines.
19
Bridgestone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Japanese Brands
Manufacturing, Tire Manufacturing (except Retreading)
Best known for their automotive tires, they also manufacture golf products and bicycles.
20
Mitsubishi Corporation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Japanese Brands
theoldhousetm added Food Manufacturing, Construction, Financial Services
21
Konica Minolta is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Japanese Brands
Consumer electronics, Electronics industry
The photography company merged with Japanese company Minolta in 2003 to form Konica Minolta.
22
Olympus Corporation is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Japanese Brands
Photographic and Photocopying Equipment Manufacturing, Photographic Equipment and Supplies, Electronics industry
Optics and photography company currently partnered with Sony and Mitsubishi.
23
Mazda is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Japanese Brands
theoldhousetm added Automotive industry
24
Shimano is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Japanese Brands
Cycling
The $800 million company specializes in cycling components, fishing, and rowing equipment.
25
Shiseido is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Japanese Brands
The fourth largest cosmetics company in the world with an estimated brand value of $2 billion.