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About Us

Smart Imports was founded in 2001 by an American in Japan and has expanded since then to include two Japanese staff members. We are a registered business and take pride in our service and prompt response to customer inquiries and orders.

It all started with Japanese electronic dictionaries.

With experience gained from both studying Japanese academically in Japan and professional translation work, we have watched the evolution of electronic dictionaries over the last decade. The vast number of texts and functions can be confusing. What's the difference between the Kojien and the Daijirin? How does the multi-jump function work? Let our expertise serve you. There are dozens of Japanese dictionaries available. Send us an email and we can help find the right one for you.

Now exporting the best of Japan!

Our catalog is pretty eclectic, including everything from underwater camera cases to short-wave radio antennas. Our experience with customers from around the world has directed our expansion to various divergent product areas. The common factors between our products are that they are high quality items either only available from Japan, or available from Japan at better prices than abroad. Import smart and take advantage of the new borderless global market!

We're confident in our low prices and great service!

We have access to the best prices on the Japanese market, and by keeping our overhead low we can offer the best prices on hard to find Japanese items. In addition to keeping costs low, our small size lets us offer personalized service. We're real people and give real personal support.

Special Orders

Our catalog is always changing as new products are released. We keep our eyes peeled for exciting new items to add, but customer requests also inspire new additions to the catalog. If you are trying to find anything from the Japanese retail market, please contact us and request it. We can generally beat our competitors in price.

Get in touch!

We're available to answer your questions throughout the day. We are in Japan though, so likely our day is your night. If we're not logged into support chat (check the chat icon on the top right) then you can email us through the contact page. If you'd prefer, we can also be reached by phone. It's a U.S. number: 1-608-554-0455.

Keep Japanese business hours in mind - 10am to 5pm, Standard Time +9.

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Smart Imports
45-1 Aza Maeta, Kutashizawa
Hanamaki, Iwate
025-0253 Japan

(U.S.) Ph: 608-554-0455