Did you buy Japanese rice cooker in Japan or are you wondering if you can import Japanese rice cookers from Japan on Amazon and use it in United States or Canada?
The answer is, yes you can!
However, you will need a heavy-duty voltage converter/transformer as the standard voltage in Japan is 100v. The standard voltage in the United States and Canada is 120v.
First, check the wattage of the rice cooker. Typically, Japanese rice cookers consume between 400 to 1500 watts of energy.
Let’s take this model as an example (click the below image to jump to the product page on Amazon for more details).
This item ships from Japan and the voltage is 100v and the wattage is 1115 watts.
It is recommended to use a voltage converter/transformer that covers 3 or 4 times of the wattage consumed (depending on the converter).
For power tools, laser printers and heating appliances like Rice cookers, coffee makers, toasters, halogen or fluorescent bulbs you must leave a power spike margin of 4 times.About this item: VCT Japanese Voltage Converter Transformer Converts Japan 100 Volt to 110V or 110 Volt to 100v (5000 Watt)
In this case, 1115 watts x 4 = 4460 watts. You will need to buy a converter rated for 5000 watts like the one below (click the below image to jump to the product page on Amazon for more details).
The voltage transformer is not cheap. It sometimes ends up costing almost the same as Japanese rice cooker sold in the Stated and Canada.
You can find “made in Japan” Japanese rice cookers in the United States and Canada!
Click the below links to find more details about Made in Japan Japanese rice cookers!