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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184 43
Instant noodles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Food science
2
134 30
Memory card is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Memory card
Storage technology
3
111 27
Pocket Calculator is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Calculators
4
125 37
Compact Disc is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Compact Disc
Storage technology
5
120 37
Flash Memory is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Storage technology
6
93 24
Compact Disc player is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Compact Disc player
Audio technology
7
104 30
Camcorder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Camcorder
Cameras
8
101 30
Plasma television is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Plasma television
Visual display units
9
67 12
Bullet Train is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Transport
10
89 26
Cup noodles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Cup noodles
Food science
11
80 21
Electric rice cooker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Electric rice cooker
Domestic appliances
12
79 22
Katana is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Katana
Weapons
13
79 24
Platform game is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Platform game
Video games
14
61 14
Dvd is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Storage technology
15
64 18
Liquid crystal display televis... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Liquid crystal display television
Visual display units
16
79 29
Karate is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Martial arts
17
66 22
Blu-ray Disc is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Blu-ray Disc
Storage technology
18
66 25
Android is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Robotics
19
67 26
Quartz wristwatch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Quartz wristwatch
Timekeeping
20
50 16
Jujutsu is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Martial arts
21
54 19
Ninjutsu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Ninjutsu
Martial arts
22
64 28
Walkman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Walkman
Audio technology
23
43 13
Shuriken is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Shuriken
Weapons
24
53 21
Video cassette is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Video cassette
Storage technology
25
50 19
Real Robot is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Japanese Inventions
Real Robot
Film and animation