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List of Japanese Inventions

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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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  • Memory card
    1

    Memory card

    Storage technology
  • Storage technology
  • Calculators
  • Food science
  • Transport
  • Compact Disc player
    6

    Compact Disc player

    Audio technology
  • 7

    Newton-Raphson method

    Mathematics
  • Liquid crystal display television
    8

    Liquid crystal display television

    Visual display units
  • Storage technology
  • Camcorder
    10
    Cameras
  • Platform game
    11

    Platform game

    Video games
  • Katana
    12
    Weapons
  • Storage technology
  • 14

    KS steel

    Metallurgy
  • Vitamin
    15
    Biomedical science
  • Plasma television
    16

    Plasma television

    Visual display units
  • Cup noodles
    17

    Cup noodles

    Food science
  • Blu-ray Disc
    18

    Blu-ray Disc

    Storage technology
  • Solar-powered calculator
    19

    Solar-powered calculator

    Calculators
  • Electric rice cooker
    20

    Electric rice cooker

    Domestic appliances
  • Pocket television
    21

    Pocket television

    Visual display units
  • Digital single-lens reflex camera
    22

    Digital single-lens reflex camera

    Cameras
  • Samurai cinema
    23

    Samurai cinema

    Film and animation
  • 24

    Thiamine (Vitamin B1)

    Biomedical science
  • Electronics