Ryukyu Islands
geographical name 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 about 850 square miles (2202 square kilometers), population 1,222,458 — see Amami, Okinawa, Osumi Islands, Sakishima Islands, Tokara IslandsRyukyuan adjective or noun

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  • Ryukyu Islands — Island chain (pop., 2000 prelim.: 1,329,000), Japan. It extends in an arc 600 mi (970 km) long from southern Japan to the northern tip of Taiwan. The 55 islands and islets have a total land area of 871 sq mi (2,255 sq km). In ancient times it was …   Universalium

  • Ryukyu Islands — Ryu′kyu Is′lands [[t]riˈu kyu[/t]] n. pl. geg 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 …   From formal English to slang

  • Ryukyu Islands — /riˌukju ˈaɪləndz/ (say ree.oohkyooh uyluhndz) noun a chain of 55 islands in the western Pacific forming part of Japan, between the island of Kyushu and Taiwan; once under the control of China; incorporated into Japan in 1879; occupied by the US… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Ryukyu Islands — noun a chain of 55 islands in the western Pacific to the to the southwest of Japan (returned by United States to Japan in 1972) • Instance Hypernyms: ↑archipelago • Part Holonyms: ↑Japan, ↑Nippon, ↑Nihon • Part Meronyms: ↑Okinawa …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ryukyu Islands —  Japan …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • Ryukyu Islands — isl. group betw. Kyushu and Taiwan; 870 sq. mi.; pop. 1,161,000; chief isl. Okinawa; adm. by Japan …   Webster's Gazetteer

  • History of the Ryukyu Islands — This article is about the history of the Ryukyu Islands southwest of the main islands of Japan. Okinawa Prefecture Japanese transcription(s)  – Japanese 沖縄県  – Rōmaji Okinawa ken Okinawan transcr …   Wikipedia

  • United States Civil Administration of the Ryukyu Islands — This article is about the U.S. Occupation government in Okinawa; for the earlier, native royal government, see Ryūkyū Kingdom. Infobox Former Country conventional long name = United States Civil Administration of the Ryukyu Islands common name =… …   Wikipedia

  • Volcano and Ryukyu Islands campaign — Infobox Military Conflict conflict=Volcano and Ryukyu Islands campaign partof=World War II, the Pacific War caption=Two U.S. Marines advance on Wana Ridge during the Battle of Okinawa. date=January ndash; June, 1945 place=Volcano Islands and… …   Wikipedia

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