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Japanese Companies

For each category, name the Japanese companies with the highest sales.
Not necessarily in order
Some of these are technically parts of larger comglomerates
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Last updated: May 8, 2014
First submittedMay 8, 2014
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Category
Company
Cars
Toyota
Nissan
Honda
Suzuki
Mazda
Mitsubishi
Subaru
Tires
Bridgestone
Video game
consoles
Nintendo
Sony
Category
Company
Beer
Asahi
Kirin
Sapporo
Suntory
Whiskey
Suntory
Motorcycles
Honda
Kawasaki
Suzuki
Yamaha
Musical instruments
Yamaha
Category
Company
Airlines
All Nippon Airways
Televisions
Panasonic
Sharp
Sony
Convenience stores
7-Eleven
Cameras
Canon
Fuji
Nikon
Olympus
Computers
Toshiba
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level 58
May 16, 2014
I sit here doing this quiz on my Toshiba laptop, wondering what could be the computer company...
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level 53
May 16, 2014
ditto
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level 45
May 16, 2014
Well, mine is Dell, but my last was Toshiba. !
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level 73
May 16, 2014
LOL...same for me
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level 66
May 17, 2014
I'm on an HP, but I miss my Toshiba.
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level 77
May 16, 2014
7-11 is Japanese? wow. That explains why you see them all over east Asia. Always thought that was an American chain. but I guess they first started showing up in the States in the 80s which is when Japan started investing heavily in the American economy and everyone was talking about a Japanese take over, up until the major slow down of the Japanese economy in the 90s.

Also wasn't aware that Bridgestone, Sharp, or Olympus were Japanese, but those don't feel as revelatory as finding out about 7-11.
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level 45
May 16, 2014
I thought 7-11 were Chinese as they were all over the place in Beijing. Sharp and Olympus I knew and missed Olympus... Bridgestone I was surprised too! I missed some very obvious such as Toshiba, Mazda, Subaru, and Yamaha.
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level 77
May 16, 2014
7-11s are everywhere in Thailand, the Philippines, and South Korea, as well. Though in South Korea I think Family Mart is the bigger chain.
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level 80
May 2, 2018
bridgestone's founder's name is a japanese man with the surname ishibashi which translates as stonebridge
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level 67
May 16, 2014
7-11 was an American company bought by the Japanese in the 90s. The first was founded in Dallas 90ish years ago.
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level 77
May 17, 2014
oh okay. So they really were emblematic of Japanese take over of the US economy. I thought I remembered something like that... from 20 years ago... somehow the connection still lingered in my brain.
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level 49
May 16, 2014
I think that Isuzu should be in this list.
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level 84
May 16, 2014
Through a series of deals with GM, Subaru, and Honda, Isuzu isn't really in the car business anymore. All they sell now are commercial vehicles and other big trucks - many of which are not even available in the USA.
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level 80
May 16, 2014
But the question was about Japanese companies. Whether they do a lot of business in the US should be irrelevant.
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level 77
May 16, 2014
The US is still one of the two most important markets in the world for selling anything, and for decades was by far the #1 most important. It's relevant.
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level 24
May 16, 2014
Sony should also be in cameras.
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level 24
May 16, 2014
Not to mention Mitsubishi is also a TV company.
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level ∞
May 16, 2014
The point is not to name every company in each category.
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level 71
May 16, 2014
I got stuck on Yokohama for tires. When it didn't come up I simply guessed Bridgestone.
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level 36
May 16, 2014
NO!!! How could I miss Mazda?! Best car company out there after Honda.
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level 60
May 16, 2014
Woah, had no idea about Bridgestone. For some reason I thought they were British. Still got them, though (but that's because I was running out of ideas on the tyres).
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level 15
May 19, 2014
No Fujitsu for computers?
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level 71
May 20, 2014
Woah! Bridgestone, 7-11 and Olympus are Japanese??? I would never have guessed.
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level 70
May 20, 2014
Sony and Fujitsu should be in computers
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level 56
May 26, 2014
I typed in "Nippon" for the Airline but it wouldn't accept it!
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level 55
Sep 9, 2014
What about Lexus, Infiniti, Scion, Japan Airlines?
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level 71
Feb 8, 2015
Lexus and Infiniti are "luxury" brands owned by Toyota and Nissan respectively. I agree though that JAL is a more prominent airline. Also, Ricoh, Konica/Minolta and Pentax are very common camera brands
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level 71
Nov 10, 2014
Yamasaki was voted as the best whiskey in the world. Can you add it to your quiz please.
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level ∞
Nov 11, 2014
Yamazaki is owned by Suntory!
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level 74
Mar 24, 2015
I tried JAL, Japan Airlines, Japanese Airlines, Japan Air, etc, etc...then gave up. JAL is the biggest airline in Japan and is their flag carrier airline. According to Wikipedia it also has higher sales than All Nippon Airways.
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level 79
Jun 29, 2018
"According to Wikipedia it also has higher sales than All Nippon Airways."

Not as of June 2018.
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level 65
Apr 25, 2015
Should Daihatsu be an answer for cars QM? Or if not, what is the reason?
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level 54
Mar 17, 2016
Daihatsu is the K-car, fuel-efficient line from Toyota. So it would be under that already!
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level 84
Jul 2, 2015
Why isn't Yokohama an answer for Tyres? Founded and based in Tokyo...
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level 51
Aug 30, 2019
yeah, bridgestone is more british than japanese
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level 4
Jul 26, 2015
No Pentax for cameras.
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level 54
Mar 17, 2016
Family Mart is the only convenience store chain in Japan that is actually native. 7-Eleven is owned by Japan now, but Family Mart started there.
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level 14
Jul 26, 2016
100!
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level 37
Oct 29, 2016
7-11 Japanese? As I read it's American, and I thought the answer would be Lawson.
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level 54
Apr 3, 2019
Lawson is also American. lol 7-Eleven, Lawson, and Circle-K all started in the US. Family Mart is the one that Japan created, and I really wish that were on this quiz.
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level 66
Dec 16, 2016
Like the quiz - Although to give a bit more diversity to the answers you could take Nikka for the Whisky-brand. To avoid the double-answer.
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level 66
Sep 2, 2017
I have a Canon camera but didn't get that one. :(
I'm surprised to not find Hitachi on this list.
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level 45
Jan 11, 2018
Isn't ISUZU Japanese?
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level 80
Mar 8, 2018
I was in Japan about a year ago, and I was surprised that Orion, one of the most common domestic beers I saw, wasn't on the list. The whiskey question also surprised me as just about the only whiskey I saw anywhere in japan was Hakushu.
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level 54
Apr 3, 2019
Did you visit Okinawa? That's where Orion is produced, and it isn't too popular outside of those islands.
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level 73
Apr 5, 2018
Maybe accept KawaZaki? Almost looks more Japanese than with an "s". :)
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level 79
Jun 29, 2018
I only got the least-guessed answer because of Lost in Translation.
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level 68
Aug 30, 2019
Same :)
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level 46
Mar 11, 2019
What about Sanyo?
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level 58
Aug 30, 2019
Whoops... tried to guess a certain Japanese musical instruments, but forgot that this quiz was about brands... I play a Yamaha piano by the way...
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