from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- An island group of southwest Japan extending about 1,046 km (650 mi) between Kyushu and Taiwan. The archipelago was incorporated into Japan in 1879 and returned to Japanese sovereignty in 1972 after occupation by U.S. forces following World War II.
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- n. a chain of 55 islands in the western Pacific to the to the southwest of Japan (returned by United States to Japan in 1972)
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