Famous Japanese Inventors List

List of famous Japanese inventors, listed loosely by relevance with photos when available. These are some of the greatest Japanese inventors that have helped make our lives easier by inventing things we use in our everyday lives. The inventions invented by each historic Japanese inventor are displayed next to the inventors name when available. These brilliant inventors from Japan can also be sorted by various bits of information, such as what year and where the inventor was born.

List includes Yoshiro Nakamatsu, Shuji Nakamura and more.

This list answers the questions "what are the names of inventors born in Japan?" and "what is a list of smart Japanese inventors?"

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  • Umetaro Suzuki
    31 votes

    Umetaro Suzuki

    Dec. at 69 (1874-1943)
  • Kūkai
    13 votes


    Dec. at 60 (774-835)
  • Shuji Nakamura
    15 votes
  • Yasujiro Niwa
    6 votes

    Yasujiro Niwa

    Dec. at 81 (1893-1975)
  • Taro Takemi
    6 votes

    Taro Takemi

    Dec. at 79 (1904-1983)
  • Hidetsugu Yagi
    8 votes

    Hidetsugu Yagi

    Dec. at 89 (1886-1976)