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List of Japanese Inventions

Updated June 14, 2019 6.6k votes 567 voters 38.4k views166 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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    184
    38
    Food science
  • 2
    124
    31

    Compact Disc

    Storage technology
  • 3
    112
    31
    Storage technology
  • 4
    93
    20

    Compact Disc player

    Audio technology
  • 5
    77
    13
    Transport
  • 6
    147
    68

    Memory card

    Storage technology
  • 7
    85
    23

    Katana

    Weapons
  • 8
    87
    27

    Cup noodles

    Food science
  • 9
    121
    60
    Calculators
  • 10
    78
    25
    Martial arts
  • 11
    50
    13

    Shuriken

    Weapons
  • 12
    71
    33
    Storage technology
  • 13
    97
    67

    Plasma television

    Visual display units
  • 14
    42
    14

    Novel

    Literature
  • 15
    69
    41

    Liquid crystal display television

    Visual display units
  • 16
    97
    70

    Camcorder

    Cameras
  • 17
    77
    56

    Electric rice cooker

    Domestic appliances
  • 18
    81
    61

    Platform game

    Video games
  • 19
    56
    40
    Martial arts
  • 20
    67
    52

    Blu-ray Disc

    Storage technology
  • 21
    27
    8

    Digital single-lens reflex camera

    Cameras
  • 22
    30
    13

    Umami

    Food science
  • 23
    67
    56

    Quartz wristwatch

    Timekeeping
  • 24
    37
    22

    Pocket television

    Visual display units
  • 25
    28
    13

    Psychological horror

    Film and animation