Ryukyu Islands

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Ryukyu Islands
Nansei-shotō (南西諸島?, Southwest Islands)
Ryūkyū-shotō (琉球諸島?, Ryukyu Islands)
Ruuchuu (琉球/ルーチュー?, Okinawan leid)
Location o the Ryukyu Islands in Japan
Location o Ryukyu Islands
Geografie
LocationOn the boondary atween the East Cheenae Sea an the Philippine Sea
Coordinates26°30′N 128°00′E / 26.5°N 128°E / 26.5; 128Coordinates: 26°30′N 128°00′E / 26.5°N 128°E / 26.5; 128
Tot islands100+
Major islandsOkinawa, Amami
Aurie4,642.11 km2 (1,792.33 sq mi)
Heichest elevation1,936 m (6,352 ft)
Heichest pointMt. Miyanoura-dake
Admeenistration
Japan
PrefecturOkinawa Prefectur, Kagoshima Prefectur
Demografics
DemonymRyukyuans
Population1,550,161 (2005)
Pop. density333.93 /km2 (864.87 /sq mi)
Ethnic groupsRyukyuan, Japanese

The Ryukyu Islands (琉球諸島, Ryūkyū-shotō),[1] kent in Japanese as the Nansei Islands (南西諸島, Nansei-shotō, lit. "Soothwast Islands") an aa kent as the Ryukyu Arc (琉球弧, Ryūkyū-ko), are a chain o Japanese islands that stretch soothwast frae Kyushu tae Taiwan: the Ōsumi, Tokara, Amami, Okinawa, an Sakishima Islands (further dividit intae the Miyako an Yaeyama Islands), wi Yonaguni the soothrenmaist.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Tsuneyoshi, Ukita (1993). Nihon-dai-chizuchō (Grand Atlas Japan). Heibonsha. ISBN 4-582-43402-9.