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Ryukyu Islands British & World English

A chain of islands in the western Pacific, stretching for about 960 km (600 miles) from the southern tip of the island of Kyushu, Japan, to Taiwan. Part of China in the 14th century, the archipelago was incorporated into Japan by 1879 and was held under US military control between 1945 and 1972

Ryukyu Islands New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

chain of Japanese islands in the western Pacific