Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An archipelago of volcanic islands in the western Pacific Ocean south of Japan. The islands formed a major Japanese military stronghold in World War II.

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Examples

  • And Mr. Matthews, the mate of the barque _Oliver Cromwell_ was perfectly correct in his surmise, for the strange white man who had stolen aboard the ship so quietly in the Bonin Islands was a deserter from his Majesty

    Rodman The Boatsteerer And Other Stories 1898

  • Ogasawara island chain - also known as the Bonin Islands - 500 miles south of Tokyo.

    Breaking News: CBS News

  • Once successfully established in the Philippines, the Americans landed on Iwo Jima in the Bonin Islands in February 1945 to deny the Japanese the airfields on the island and instead utilize them for support of the air attacks and eventual landing on Japan itself.

    Between War and Peace

  • The Bonin Islands were among the worst places for Americans to be captured: at least one Liberator crewman who survived his shootdown was killed by Japanese who used him for bayonet practice.

    Whirlwind

  • From B-29 bases on Guam, a glance at the map showed the next stepping-stone to Japan: the Bonin Islands, midway between the Marianas and Honshu, some 750 miles south of Tokyo.

    Whirlwind

  • The only noteworthy land between the Marianas and Japan was the Japanese-held Bonin Islands.

    Whirlwind

  • Over the last ten days invasion fleets for Guam, the Philippines, Thailand and Malaya had all left the Inland Sea for their jump-off points in the Bonin Islands, Pescadores and Palau Islands.

    Sealing Their Fate

  • Japantotal: 377,835 sq km land: 374,744 sq km water: 3,091 sq km note: includes Bonin Islands (Ogasawara-gunto), Daito-shoto, Minami-jima, Okino-tori-shima, Ryukyu Islands (Nansei-shoto), and Volcano Islands (Kazan-retto)

    Area

  • Area: total: 377,835 sq km land: 374,744 sq km water: 3,091 sq km note: includes Bonin Islands (Ogasawara-gunto), Daito-shoto, Minami-jima, Okino-tori-shima, Ryukyu Islands (Nansei-shoto), and Volcano Islands (Kazan-retto)

    Japan

  • In addition to the four main islands (Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu) Japan includes a number of smaller island groups, including the Ogasawara-shoto (the Bonin Islands and Iwo or Volcano Islands), Daito-shoto, Nansei-shoto (Ryukyu and Satsun Islands) and the Izu-shoto.

    Biological diversity in Japan

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