Inventions List of Japanese Inventions  

Wayne Szalinski
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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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174 40
Instant noodles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Food science

2
122 29
Memory card is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Memory card Storage technology

3
105 27
Pocket Calculator is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Calculators

4
60 9
Bullet Train is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Transport

5
117 37
Compact Disc is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Compact Disc Storage technology

6
114 36
Flash Memory is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Flash Memory Storage technology

7
96 29
Camcorder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Camcorder Cameras

8
96 29
Plasma television is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Plasma television Visual display units

9
86 24
Compact Disc player is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Compact Disc player Audio technology

10
83 25
Cup noodles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Cup noodles Food science

11
74 20
Electric rice cooker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Electric rice cooker Domestic appliances

12
72 20
Katana is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Katana Weapons

13
72 24
Platform game is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Platform game Video games

14
58 17
Liquid crystal display televis... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Liquid crystal display television Visual display units

15
53 14
Dvd is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Storage technology

16
73 28
Karate is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Martial arts

17
59 21
Blu-ray Disc is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Blu-ray Disc Storage technology

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61 24
Android is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Robotics

19
47 15
Jujutsu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Martial arts

20
50 18
Ninjutsu is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Ninjutsu Martial arts

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61 26
Quartz wristwatch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Quartz wristwatch Timekeeping

22
47 16
Real Robot is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Real Robot Film and animation

23
38 12
Shuriken is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Shuriken Weapons

24
34 9
Pocket television is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Pocket television Visual display units

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59 28
Walkman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Walkman Audio technology

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51 22
Karaoke is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Arts

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49 21
Video cassette is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Video cassette Storage technology

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39 15
Solar-powered calculator is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Solar-powered calculator Calculators

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38 16
Novel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Novel Literature

30
35 14
Umami is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Umami Food science

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33 13
Graphing Calculator is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Graphing Calculator Calculators

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33 13
Landing Gear is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Aviation

33
33 14
Racing game is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Racing game Video games

34
39 19
The fire balloon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
The fire balloon Weapons

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22 5
Blue Laser is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Electronics

36
28 10
Vitamin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Vitamin Biomedical science

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29 11
Judo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Martial arts

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34 16
Biplane is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Biplane Aviation

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20 5
Plasma colour display is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Plasma colour display Visual display units

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21 7
Motion-sensing controller is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Motion-sensing controller Game controllers

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23 9
Portable CD player is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Portable CD player Audio technology

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23 9
Digital single-lens reflex cam... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Digital single-lens reflex camera Cameras

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32 17
Aikido is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Martial arts

44
20 7
Handheld electronic camera is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Handheld electronic camera Cameras

45
32 18
Cultured pearl is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Cultured pearl Technology

46
16 4
Autonomation (autonomous autom... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Autonomation (autonomous automation) Technology

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17 5
Epinephrine (Adrenaline) is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Epinephrine (Adrenaline) Biomedical science

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18 6
Pusher propeller is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Pusher propeller Aviation

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19 7
B vitamin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
B vitamin Biomedical science

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19 7
Elimination theory is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Elimination theory Mathematics