Ryukyu Islands

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geographical name Ryu·kyu Islands \ rē-ˈyü-(ˌ)kyü , -(ˌ)kü \

Definition of Ryukyu Islands

chain of islands in the western Pacific Ocean extending between Kyushu, the southernmost main island of Japan, and Taiwan area about 850 square miles (2200 square kilometers), population 1,222,458
Note: The Ryukus belonged to Japan from 1895 to 1945 and were occupied by the U.S. in 1945. The northern islands were returned to Japan in 1953 and the southern islands in 1972.
— see amami, okinawa, osumi islands, sakishima islands, tokara islands

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