There are things that seem to have nothing to do with Japan, but actually come from Japan. (Image source: Adobe Stock)
There are many things in the world that were first created in Japan. For example, when it comes to eating, of course, cup noodles are the first choice; as for leisure, people naturally think of karaoke; when it comes to sports, it should be judo; and table games are Othello, and so on. In various fields, there are indeed many things that originated in Japan. But there are some things that seem to have nothing to do with Japan, but actually originated in Japan.
1. QR code
QR codes make it easy to get information through your phone’s camera capabilities. This technology was successfully developed in 1994 by DensoWave Corporation of Aichi Prefecture. Although it was primarily developed for product management in the manufacturing and logistics fields, it is now widely used as a means of payment.
The ubiquitous QR codes that are now widely available are quickly gaining popularity because developers freely allow people to use their patents. People can now easily use QR codes no matter where in the world, and their use is so widespread that it goes far beyond what was originally envisaged for QR codes to be used in the world.
2.mobile phone with camera
Now people have entered the era where they can easily take pictures with their mobile phones. The first in the world to develop such a mobile phone with a camera function was realized by Kyocera, a company located in Kyoto Prefecture.
After the “VP-210” mobile phone was developed in September 1999, various companies competed to develop various mobile phones with camera functions. Due to the natural affinity between mobile phones that can connect to the Internet and digital images captured, they are extremely popular among the younger generation, and the development of mobile phones with camera functions is changing with each passing day, and new varieties are constantly being introduced. By now, it is completely impossible to see a mobile phone without a camera.
General anesthesia is indispensable in today’s surgical procedures. However, the world’s first successful general anesthesia operation was performed by Dr. Huaoka Seishu in the Edo period in Japan.
According to records, in Japan on October 13, 1804, a breast cancer removal operation was performed under general anesthesia. This is recognized as the world’s first general anesthesia surgery. Of course, the technique used by Dr. Huagang Qingzhou is completely different from modern general anesthesia techniques. However, compared with the successful use of ether in the United States in 1846, general anesthesia was performed in Japan more than 40 years earlier.
In order to guide the visually impaired to walk safely, prefabricated slabs for the blind, or blind walks, were first laid on the ground in Okayama Prefecture in 1967. Since then, although various prefabricated panels for the blind have been made, the blind people have successively proposed that they hope that such prefabricated panels can be made into a unified style. So in 2001, Japan promulgated the corresponding industrial specifications, and made specific regulations on the shape, size and arrangement. Later, based on this specification, an international specification was formulated in 2012. The prefabricated panels for the blind that are currently set up in the world are all made according to the same specifications.
This emoji is often used today when people communicate via email or online calls and social media tools. As everyone knows, this emoji also originated in Japan. In fact, emojis were first born in the second half of the 1990s. It was designed by Takashi Kurita, who was an engineer at NTT Docomo at the time.
Since the number of texts sent by the mail services provided by various mobile phone companies is limited, in order to communicate with the shortest possible texts, many young people use emoticons a lot in communication. In the 21st century, emojis have also entered the type of text set by Google’s Gmail and Apple’s iPhone. At the time, emoji were called emoji, the Japanese pronunciation of “絵text”.
In April 2015, during a meeting between the then Prime Minister of Japan and the President of the United States, the President of the United States mentioned emoji when he mentioned “one of the representative cultures that originated in Japan and are widely popular in the world”.
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