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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.
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Ryukyu Islands

(rɪˈuːkjuː)
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
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Ryu′kyu Is′lands

(riˈu kyu)

n.pl.
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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New record of the alien ant species, Plagiolepis alluaudi (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) from the Nansei Islands, Japan.
sole powers of administration of Nansei Shoto south of 29[degrees] north latitude which includes these islands.
Consistent with the revised defense cooperation guidelines, Japan can help the US counter China's A2/AD strategy by enhancing ISR activities in the East China Sea, by strengthening its anti-submarine warfare and air defense capabilities, by defending the Southwest Islands (Nansei Shoto) which form the gateway between the East China Sea and the Pacific Ocean, and by hardening military bases on Japan to prepare for possible missile attacks.
Nansei Sekiyu, a Japanese refiner wholly owned by Brazil's Petrobras, said that it had started the process to temporarily shut the refining units at its 100,000 barrels-per-day Nishihara refinery in Okinawa, southwest of Japan's main islands.
Shelf and bathyal chitons (Mollusca: Polyplacophora) from the Nansei Islands, Southwestern Japan.
Nansei Sekiyu KK, a Japanese refiner wholly owned by Brazil's Petrobras, suspended operations at its 100,000 barrels-per-day Nishihara refinery in Okinawa on Monday evening and still had not resumed them on Thursday.
Since then, the Senkaku Islands have continuously remained as an integral part of the Nansei Shoto Islands which are the territory of Japan.
The San Francisco Peace Treaty stipulates the US "as the sole administering authority" over "Nansei Shoto south of 29 degree north latitude (including the Ryukyu Islands and the Daito Islands)" (1951, Article 3).
In his speech, Gen Qi said recent articles by Chinese scholars claiming that Beijing may have rights to the Ryukyus, the chain of islands known in Japan as Nansei and which include Okinawa, did not represent the views of the government.
The recent claims made by Chinese scholars that Beijing may have rights to the Ryukyus, the chain of islands known in Japan as Nansei and which include Okinawa, Gen Qi said that the claims did not represent the views of the government.
Article 3 gave the United States sole powers of administration of "Nansei Shoto south of 29 north latitude (including the Ryukyu and the Daito Islands).