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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

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)
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.
Shelf and bathyal chitons (Mollusca: Polyplacophora) from the Nansei Islands, Southwestern Japan.
In Japanese, the overall chain is known as the Nanseishoto (Nansei Islands).
Itino, "Behavioral differences between two ant cricket species in nansei islands: host-specialist versus host-generalist," Insectes Sociaux, vol.
The Japanese Self-Defense Forces are hoping to acquire the US Marines' know-how to boost the defense of the Nansei Islands in southern Japan.
The National Defense Ministry criticized Japan for "creating tensions with neighboring countries over disputes involving sovereignty by strengthening military deployment in the Nansei Islands" in Okinawa Prefecture, in an apparent reference to Japan's plan to nationalize the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, controlled by Japan but claimed by China and Taiwan.
It is essential to reinforce cooperation and improve joint drills between the JCG and the Self-Defense Forces, which attach great importance to the protection of the Nansei Islands.