The Type A electrical plug (or flat blade attachment plug) is an un-grounded plug with two flat parallel pins. Japanese and American plugs are similar in appearance, but the neutral pin on the American plug is wider than the live pin. Some Japanese plugs can be used in the United States, but US plugs will not work in Japan.
The pins on Type A and Type B plugs have a hole near the tip that fits into ‘bumps’ found on the contact wipers of certain sockets, the pins are gripped more tightly allowing for better contact and to prevent the plug from slipping out of the socket. Certain sockets have spring-action blades that grip the sides of the pins which make the holes obsolete.