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Ryu·kyu Islands

 (rē-o͞o′kyo͞o′, ryo͞o′kyo͞o)
An island group of southwest Japan extending about 1,135 km (705 mi) between Kyushu and Taiwan. The archipelago was incorporated into Japan in 1879 and returned to Japanese sovereignty in 1972 after occupation by US forces following World War II.

Ryukyu Islands

pl n
(Placename) a chain of 55 islands in the W Pacific, extending almost 650 km (400 miles) from S Japan to N Taiwan: an ancient kingdom, under Chinese rule from the late 14th century, invaded by Japan in the early 17th century, under full Japanese sovereignty from 1879 to 1945, and US control from 1945 to 1972; now part of Japan again. They are subject to frequent typhoons. Chief town: Naha (on Okinawa). Pop: 1 318 220 (2000). Area: 2196 sq km (849 sq miles). Japanese name: Nansei-shoto

Ryu′kyu Is′lands

(riˈu kyu)
a chain of Japanese islands in the W Pacific between Japan and Taiwan. 1,235,000; 1205 sq. mi. (3120 sq. km).
Ryu′kyu•an, n., adj.
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Noun1.Ryukyu Islands - a chain of 55 islands in the western Pacific to the to the southwest of Japan (returned by United States to Japan in 1972)
Nihon, Nippon, Japan - a constitutional monarchy occupying the Japanese Archipelago; a world leader in electronics and automobile manufacture and ship building
Okinawa - the largest island of the central Ryukyu Islands
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Unify for Peace, Ryukyu Islands calls for treaty that confines military base footprint on Okinawa to begin new chapter in fractured relationship
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NESCAF[euro][umlaut] posed the question with a documentary campaign featuring six Okinawans, the indigenous people of the Ryukyu Islands between the islands of Kyushu and Taiwan, which was brought to the region with the inspiring message that people around the world are fundamentally equal when it comes to working towards their dreams and ambitions.
He failed to mention the fact that fishermen of the Ryukyu (Okinawa) Kingdom also used the islands for the same purpose.
Ieyasu, their first Shogun, keen on trading with overseas countries, secretly ordered the Shimazus to conquer Ryukyu (now Okinawa)--an independent country with diplomatic links with China and Korea.
Computer models continue to show super typhoon Vongfong's track still seems to target Japan's Ryukyu Islands, and then northeastward toward the Japanese mainland.
Steve Costello, 72, is an expert in martial art Ryukyu Kempo and has been passing on close combat techniques to deal with armed yobs.
A major contribution to the field of island archaeology by a major figure in the field who has spent half a century studying the subject, this study covers the entire length of human settlement on Ryukyu.
Swiss-AS, in cooperation with Lufthansa Systems, are proud to announce that the airlines Japan Transocean Air (JTA), J-AIR and Ryukyu Air Commuter (RAC) have chosen AMOS as their joint aircraft maintenance management software.
During the era of the Ryukyu dynasty some hundreds years ago, the kings of Okinawa had traded with Japan, China, Korea and Southeast Asian countries, leading to the conflation of all such cultures.
However, the Chinese side counter-argued that when the Japanese Cabinet decided to annex the islands to the territory of Japan in 1985, Japan was fully aware that "the islands have already been well-known to Qing envoy ships dispatched to crown the former Zhongshan King and already given fixed Chinese names and used as navigation aids en route to the Ryukyu Islands" (MOFA of Japan, 1950).