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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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Amami Oshima is one of the northern islands in the Ryukyu island chain that includes Okinawa.
Japan took control of the Ryukyu island chain and Okinawa in 1879; moral globalization ensures that complaints of colonial injustice linger for generations
(220) The actual Chinese coast is clearly much longer than the Japanese coastal areas along the Ryukyu Island chain, which covers most of the area opposite China's coast.
The islands served as navigational way points for tributary missions between the great cosmopolitan Chinese port of Quanzhou and Naha, capital of the Ryukyu island kingdom, China's most loyal vassal.
Anomala albopilosa (Hope) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidea) in the Ryukyu Island of Japan detected by mitochondrial DNA sequences.
After World War II, the United States assumed administrative responsibilities in the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands as part of its larger governing responsibilities over the Ryukyu Island chain.
BENEFITS: A Japanese self-defence system, it is said to have originated in Okinawa in the Ryukyu island archipelago on the southern most part of Japan.
The 835th Battalion headquarters is located at Naha Military Port on the Ryukyu Island of Okinawa, Japan.
"Participate" would have seemed like the wrong word to Schawk as he turned 19 aboard a ship somewhere off the Ryukyu island of Okinawa, out of sight of land but always in the sights of deadly kamikazes.
The ship's last confirmed location was about 315km west of Sokkozaki on the island of Amami Oshima, one of the northern islands in the Ryukyu island chain that includes Okinawa.
Named the Senkaku Islands by Japan and the Diaoyu Islands by China, the group of eight small uninhabited islands in the southern end of the Ryukyu Island chain comprise a mere 7 square kilometers of land.
He also reaffirmed the interpretation that Article 5 of the US-Japan Security Treaty binds the United States to protect Japanese claims to the Senkakus along with the rest of the Ryukyu island chain.