Japanese History

List of Japanese Inventions 

Wayne Szalinski
Updated June 14, 2019 5.7k votes 542 voters 37.7k views 166 items

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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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Instant noodles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Food science
2
Memory card is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Memory card
Storage technology
3
Compact Disc is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Compact Disc
Storage technology
4
Pocket Calculator is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Calculators
5
Flash Memory is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Storage technology
6
Camcorder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Camcorder
Cameras
7
Plasma television is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Plasma television
Visual display units
8
Compact Disc player is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Compact Disc player
Audio technology
9
Cup noodles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Cup noodles
Food science
10
Katana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Katana
Weapons
11
Electric rice cooker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Electric rice cooker
Domestic appliances
12
Bullet Train is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Transport
13
Platform game is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Platform game
Video games
14
Karate is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Martial arts
15
Dvd is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Storage technology
16
Liquid crystal display t... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Liquid crystal display television
Visual display units
17
Quartz wristwatch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Quartz wristwatch
Timekeeping
18
Blu-ray Disc is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Blu-ray Disc
Storage technology
19
Android is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Robotics
20
Walkman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Walkman
Audio technology
21
Jujutsu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Martial arts
22
Ninjutsu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Ninjutsu
Martial arts
23
Video cassette is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Video cassette
Storage technology
24
Karaoke is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Arts
25
Shuriken is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Shuriken
Weapons