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    Okinawa Prefecture  Japan
Location
Okinawa Prefecture includes the Ryukyu Islands (Nansei Shoto) located in southern Japan. Borders the Philippine Sea to the east. Borders the East China Sea to the west. To the north is Kouri Jima. To the west is Kerama Island Group (Kerama Islands). To the northeast is Kyūshū. To the west-southwest is Taiwan (Formosa). The islands span 620 miles with the largest Okinawa Island. Postwar, occupied by the American military until administration was returned to Japan on June 17, 1972.

Amami Islands  (Amami Guntō)
Amami Ōshima (Amami-O-Shima)  largest island in the Amami Island Group.
Kikai Jima  island in the Amami Island Group.
Kikaiga-shima  located in the Amami Island Group.
Tokuno  located in the Amami Island Group.
Yoronjima 与論島 (Yoron Island)  located to the northeast of Okinawa.

Okinawa Island
Okinawa Island  largest island in Okinawa Prefecture, American landing on April 1, 1945 developed into base area.
Naha (Nawa, Nafa)  located in the southwestern corner of Okinawa, largest city includes Naha Airfield.
Shuri (Shui, Syuri)  located in the center of southern Okinawa, site of Shuri Castle.
Moshinawa (Machinato)  located in the center of the western coast of Okinawa, Moshinawa Airfield.
Sobe (Subi, Suhi)  located on the western coast toward the center of Okinawa includes Yontan Airfield.
Kadena (Katena)  located on the western coast toward the center of Okinawa includes Kadena Airfield.
Itoman (Ichuman)  located in the southern Okinawa including Buckner Monument and Peace Memorial Museum.
Yonabaru (Yonahara, Yunabaru, Yonawa)  located on the eastern coast of southern Okinawa.
Chimu (Kin, Kinmu, Chin, Kimmu, Kimu)  located on the eastern coast of southern Okinawa.
Urasoe  located to the north of Naha includes Kakuazu Ridge.
Kakazu 嘉数 (Kakuazu) located
Maeda 前田 (Meida, Meda) located
Cape Zanpa (Bolo Point)  located on the western coast of Okinawa.
Chatan  located on the western coast includes commemorative marker for the April 1, 1945 invasion beaches
Minatoga (Minatogawa)  located on the southeast of Okinawa 2nd Mar Div feign landing
Tomori (Tomoi, Tomui, Domui, Tumui)  located on the southern coast of Okinawa.
Nakagusuku Bay (Buckner Bay)  located on the southeastern coast of Okinawa.
Hagushi Bay (Hagushi Anchorage)  located off Yomitan (Yontan) off the mouth of the Bishi River (Hija River).

Okinawa Island Airfields
Naha Airfield (Oroku)  still in use today as Naha Airport
Bolo Airfield  located at Bolo Point on the western coast of Okinawa.
Moshinawa Airfield (Machinato)  located near Naha.
Yontan Airfield (Yomitan, Yonzan)  located near Sobe on the western coast of Okinawa.
Kadena Airfield (Kadena AFB)  located at Kadena near Yontan on the western coast of Okinawa.
Yonabaru Airfield (NAS Yonabaru)  located near Yonabaru on the eastern coast of the southern Okinawa Island.
Motobu Airfield  located on the Motobu Peninsula on the western coast of Okinawa.
Futema Airfield located on the eastern coast of Okinawa.
Awase Airfield  located on the eastern coast of Okinawa.
Chimu Airfield  located on the eastern coast of Okinawa.
Chimu Seaplane Base  established by the USN in July 1945 until hit by typhoons in September-October 1945.

Okinawa Area Islands
Sesoko Island  located to the west of Okinawa.
Kouri Island  located to the west of Okinawa.
Yanaha Jima  located to the west of Okinawa.
Izena Jima  located to the west of Okinawa.
Noho Jima  located to the west of Okinawa.

Ie Shima
Ie Shima 伊江島 (Iejima)  small circular island three miles west of Okinawa with Ie Shima Airfield.
Ie Shima Airfield (Ie Shima Auxiliary Air Base, Ie Jima Airport)  located on Ie Shima.

Minna Shima
Minna Shima (Minna Island)  small islet to the west of Okinawa and south of Ie Shima.

Agunijima Shima
Agunijima 粟国島 (Aguni Island)  located to the west of Okinawa Island.

Iheya Islands

Iheyajima (Iheya Island)  located to the north of Okinawa.
Iheyo-mae (Iheyo-mae Island  located to the north of Okinawa.

Kume Islands
Kume Island (Kume Jima)
Ōjima Island (Ōjima Jima)
Ōhajima Island (Ōhajima Jima)
Torishima (Torishima Jima, Tori Shima)  located to the west of Okinawa Island.
Iōtorishima Island (Iōtorishima Jima)

Kerama Island Group (Kerama Islands, Kerama Gunto)
Kerama Island Group (Kerama Retto)  island chain 15 miles west of the southwestern tip of Okinawa.
Tokashiki Island  borders Kerama Anchorage.
Zamami Island  borders Kerama Anchorage.
Amuro Island  borders Kerama Anchorage.

Sakishima Island Group (Sakishima Islands, Sakashima Gunto)
Sakishima Island Group  includes the Miyako Islands and Yaeyama Islands

Miyako Island Group (Miyako Islands, Miyako Gunto)
Miyako Islands (Miyako Island Group)  located between the Yaeyama Islands and Okinawa

Yaeyama Island Group (Yaeyama Islands, Yaeyama Gunto)
Yaeyama Islands (Yaeyama Island Group)  located at the southwestern end of the Sakishima Islands
Ishigaki Jima  located in the Yaeyama Islands in the Sakishima Islands.
Aragusuku Island (Aragusuku-jima)
Hateruma Island (Hateruma-jima)
Iriomote Island (Iriomote Jima)  located in the Yaeyama Islands in the Sakishima Islands
Kohama Island (Kohama-jima)
Kuroshima Island (Kuroshima)
Sotobanari Island (Sotobanari-jima)
Taketomi Island (Taketomi-jima)
Yubu Island (Yubu-jima)
Hatoma Island (Hatoma-jima)
Yonaguni Island (Yonaguni-jima)

Daitō Islands
Kitadaitōjima (Kita Daitō, Kita-Daitō-shima, Kitadaitō)  northern island in the Daitō Islands.
Minamidaitōjima (Minami Daitō, Minami-Daitō)  largest island in the Daitō Islands.
Okidaitōjima (Oki Daitō Island or Oki-Daitō or Oki-no-Daitō, Rasa Island)  southeast island in the Daitō Islands

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June 24, 2020

 

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