Okinawa is the southernmost prefecture of Japan.
It encompasses two thirds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) long. The Ryukyu Islands extend southwest from Kagoshima Prefecture on Kyushu (the southwesternmost of Japan’s four main islands) to Taiwan. Naha, Okinawa’s capital, is located in the southern part of Okinawa Island.
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