Definition of Ryukyu Islands
islands W Pacific extending between Kyushu, Japan, & Taiwan; belonged to Japan 1895–1945; occupied by United States 1945; returned to Japan in 1953 (N islands) and 1972 (S islands) area ab 850 square miles (2202 square kilometers), pop 1,222,458 — see amami, okinawa, osumi islands, sakishima islands, tokara islands
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