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Japanese Archipelago (日本列島, Nihon Rettō) - Forms the country of Japan, extends roughly from northeast to southwest along the northeastern coast of the Eurasia mainland, washing upon the northwestern shores of the Pacific Ocean. The term Home Islands was used at the end of World War II to define the area of Japan to which its sovereignty and the constitutional rule of the Emperor would be restricted. The term is also commonly used today to distinguish the archipelago from Japan's colonies and other territories in the first half of the 20th century, but is not used in reference to the country as it exists today.

The archipelago consists of more than 3000 islands, including the four main islands. The main islands, listed in descending order from north to south, are:

1.  Hokkaidō
2.  Honshū
3.  Shikoku
4.  Kyūshū

Ryūkyū Islands - A chain of Japanese islands that stretch southwest from the island of Kyūshū to the island of Taiwan. Okinawa is located in the Ryūkyū Islands and is the fifth largest island except the disputed northern territories, and is the smallest island which has a prefectural capital.

Japan has about 3,000 other small islands. This is a list of major islands among them.
The Northern Territories
These are the four disputed Kuril Islands. See also Kuril Island conflict.
  • Etorofu
  • Habomai
  • Kunashiri
  • Shikotan
Islands in the Sea of Japan
  • Liancourt Rocks (Takeshima/Dokdo) - disputed
  • Oki
  • Okushiri
  • Rishiri
  • Rebun
  • Sado
  • Terui
  • Todo Island
  • Yagishiri
  • Mitsukejima
Islands in the Pacific Ocean
  • Izu Islands
    • Aogashima
    • Hachijō
    • Izu Ōshima
    • Kōzu
    • Miyake
    • Mikura
    • Niijima
    • Shikine
    • Toshima
    • Tori Shima
  • Ogasawara Islands
    • Chichi
    • Haha
    • Iwo
    • Minami Torishima (Marcus Island)
    • Okino Torishima (Parece Vela)
  • Enoshima
Islands around Kyūshū
Most of these are located in the East China Sea.
  • Amakusa
  • Gotō Islands
  • Hirado
  • Hashima
  • Iki
  • Koshiki
  • Tsushima
Ryukyu Islands
  • Amami Ōshima
  • Miyako
  • Okinawa Island (Okinawan main island)
  • Senkaku Islands - disputed
  • Tanegashima
  • Yaeyama Islands Izu Islands
    • Iriomote
    • Ishigaki
  • Yaku
  • Daito
Islands in the Inland Sea
  • Awaji
  • Etajima
  • Itsukushima (popularly known as "Miyajima")
  • Shōdoshima
Islands in lakes
  • Daikon-island
Artificial islands
  • Chūbu Centrair International Airport
  • Dejima
  • Kansai International Airport
  • Kobe Airport
  • Odaiba
  • Port Island
  • Rokko Island
Information source: “Japanese Archipelago.” Article date: 24 Feb. 2008. Retrieved: Wikipedia. 4 Mar. 2008 <Japanese Archipelago>.

Information source: “List of islands of Japan.” Article date: 4 Mar. 2008. Retrieved: Wikipedia. 4 Mar. 2008 <List of islands of Japan>.





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