Japan is the second leading country in the world for technology, ranking just behind Finland – and followed by the United States. While the relatively small country is home to only 126 million people, (a mere 1.7 percent of the total global population), Japan has managed to take a strong lead in the tech, scientific and biomedical sectors.
The reasons for these advancements vary; however, a big part of this success can be credited to the innovative youth mentality. The country’s academic performance levels, for example, are second in the world for math and first in the world for science. Japan spends over 3.5% of its GDP on education.
This focus on scholastic achievement carries over into the professional world, where Japanese inventors, entrepreneurs and engineers are constantly creating (and re-creating) new ideas backed by data. As you’ll see, some of the most unique inventions in the world were made – and for now, can be found exclusively – only in Japan.