10 Japanese gadgets for your smartphone

10 Japanese gadgets for your smartphone
Japan knows technology. While the culture remains firmly rooted with its past, as a society, Japan has made huge advances in technology, particularly in gadgets.

Even when technology centers change over time, the Japanese have cornered their own market for gadgetry for every niche. Some of these items would easily have appeal outside Japan, but just like so many snazzy smartphones, nearly all of them do not get sold in other markets.

However, some follow Japanese gadgets with a cult-like loyalty, not unlike fans of Anime or tricked out Honda Civic Si cars, or other icons of the land of the rising sun. With such dedication comes a cost, however. Buying such accessories is certainly possible, but they must be imported and thus, the prices are higher than similar items that might be found elsewhere.

We will let you be the judge of some of these products, but be warned that if you choose to get some of these, the instructions are in Japanese, so you will want to be confident in your problem solving abilities.


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38 Comments

1. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Japan: Made huge advances in technology, meant for iPhone

7. skyline88

Posts: 698; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

and yet ain't no Japanese using any iPhone in Japan. ironic.

16. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Really? I thought a lot of Japanese use iPhones

25. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Don't say stuff you do not know. Iphone has the biggest marketshare in Japan. (http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/11/27/apples-​iphone-5s-5c-take-76-share-of-japanese-sales-in-oc​tober-including-61-on-ntt-docomo)

26. g2a5b0e unregistered

What are you talking about? iOS has a higher market share in Japan than in any other country. Learn facts before you say dumb things.

35. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

Are you brain dead, son?

2. Sauce unregistered

I think I could really use that bell alarm clock lol.. I sleep like a rock -.-

3. imbruiselee

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

Dear Phone Arena and Maxwell R. The image you've used for this article is that of the Japanese Imperial Flag. It is akin to using the Nazi flag. Meaning, it's pretty offensive to almost all of Asia.

4. Sauce unregistered

How are you talking right now!? Bruce lee is dead!

5. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I think you're a very funny person Sauce. Although this is online you should show some respect. Does a Nazi flag sound funny to you? does a flag that represents militarism sound like a joke?

8. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

The flag represents militarism, slavery, atrocities, imperialism, Torture, and much more that add to humanity's heart of darkness. I too strongly request PA to change this article's title image.

10. rizevnarastek

Posts: 349; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Then by all means quickly hide all American flags as it stands perfectly for what you have written above. Militarism, slavery, atrocities, imperialism, torture and much more.

12. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

It's different my friend. The title image represents the Japan Empire in the past who supported and adopted European fascism, all led by one dictator: Hirohito. As you would know fascism literally killed humanity. America is continuously developing, and changing. The citizens of America are guaranteed human rights(although there are many problems to that). I am not a fan of American peacemaking (not peacekeeping) but the gov't will "only" enter a war if it helps the country establish democracy and ahem.. capitalism, which then promotes the human rights of their citizens. I know America can be very bad at that but I think that's the main difference.

13. rizevnarastek

Posts: 349; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

No difference my friend. With fascism you know you have no choice with "democracy" you think you have a choice. The outcome is the same.

15. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Good point. I can't actually argue with the problems in American democracy. There is a lot to amend when it comes to that...

18. Kyokado

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Basically sauce screwed up. End of story.

20. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

NO. P.Arena still hasn't taken down that picture.

23. Sauce unregistered

Sounds pretty funny to me when it causes this much stir up over a damn phone article lol. It's not like hes supporting the "nazi" ways and "militarism" by using that flag as a thumbnail. Get real people. Respect? This is the internet. As sad as it is, respect doesnt completely exist here. There is disrespect toward one another on this site every day. Tizen, in all due respect, give me a damn break lol.

22. deepblack

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

Are you making fun of your dead grandparents?

29. Kyokado

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Oh deepblack, thats deep. Sauce, u gonna be like everyone else? With zero respect for others? Or are u gg to play nice? Its ur call.

32. Sauce unregistered

All four grandparents are alive. How bout yours?

36. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

fight!

6. Gawain

Posts: 441; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

Yeah that's why the Japan Defense Force still uses it for its navy flag...whatever dude...

9. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

You do follow the ongoing political conflicts occurring over there on the news do you? Japan,China and Korea? Didn't you see what their prime minister did? The flag is still used to threaten the rival Asian countries to remind them of their past imperialistic dominance.over them. I love Japanese culture, and as a tech fan their technology, but it is true that their imperialistic feelings are still lingering.

11. Gawain

Posts: 441; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

I am acutely aware of the political events in Asia, espeically Japan/ROK/PRC. If there is one threat in that region it is China. Don't event pretend Japan is waving an imperialistic stick. Such a statement is beyond obtuse.

14. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Japan's PM Abe celebrated the Yasukuni Shrine a few months ago. Today, 14 Class-A and more that 1,000 Class-B and Class-C war criminals of WWII are worshiped in the Yasukuni Shrine. Among the Class-A criminals is Hideki Tojo, who was directly responsible for the attack on Pearl Harbor which claimed 2,400 American lives and dragged the United States into the war. Yasukuni also highlights the Kamikaze (divine wind) Pilots, who conducted suicide attacks on the American fleets at the closing stage of the Pacific campaign of the WWII. Bronze statues of them can be seen at the entrance of the shrine. Abe's gov't is trying to drastically increase their military budget this year as well. They also are trying to force Dokdo, A south Korean island into their hands. This means that Japan doesn't "approve" the emancipation of Korea. How are these not to be considered as imperialistic threats to the NEIGHBORING countries of North East Asia?

17. Gawain

Posts: 441; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

You are comparing remembrance of the dead with imperialism. Japan's defense spending and output will never match that of China. While I won't condone the memorializing of many of Japan's fallen, at least Japan remembers that past. How many Chinese remember Tianonmen Square? Abe is the first stable PM since Koizumi and given how China tries to extend territorial waters way beyond common maritime practice I'm okay with Japan using whatever tools they have. Three major powers there. The two democracies are not the problem.

19. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

but trying to expand territory through applying false facts in high school history education,and using the flaws of another nation to gain attention is wrong. But as you pointed out I do disagree with China's Senkaku and CADIZ agression. Anyways north east asia needs a lot of improvement in foreign affairs. They still seem to be stuck in the 20th century methods of dealing with each other :P

21. deepblack

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

Crazy phone Arena, They are same as Nazi I feel really bad when I saw the thumnail of the flag. You guys should sorry for this.

34. Gawain

Posts: 441; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

There are only two countries that have surpassed Nazi Germany in the number of people they've managed to kill: the Soviet Union and China. You cry for them, I'll feel sorry for your butthurt feelings about a flag. Get off your high-horse.

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