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Are the outlying islands of the Japanese state, such as Okinawa and the Ryukus (not to mention the contested Kuriles) considered Home Islands? And if so, is this usage consistent? --MacRusgail 16:28, 8 January 2007 (UTC)
- As far as I am aware, the Ryukyus, Kuriles, etc. are not considered Home Islands in the World War II historical sense of the term. That is, the term "Home Islands" is largely used almost exclusively in contexts related to World War II, and in such contexts one can make statements such as "Ground fighting occurred on Okinawa, but never in the Home Islands" or "Had we not dropped the bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we would have had to invade the Home Islands."
- On the other hand, putting the term "Home Islands" aside, I actually came to this Talk Page just now in order to pose the very similar question of whether or not the Ryukyus are included in the "Japanese archipelago". Politically speaking, I suppose they would be, but as a geographic term - just because Japan controls Okinawa doesn't make it any more a Japanese island than the Falklands are part of the British Isles - are the Ryukyus generally considered to be included in the Japanese archipelago? LordAmeth (talk) 03:45, 2 January 2009 (UTC)
Stop adding this unsourced tag everywhere. Specify the sentence, tag the sentence, add the tag from that position. Not all of these sentences are unsourced. 188.8.131.52 (talk) 08:51, 24 June 2013 (UTC)
Sakhalin & the Kuril Islands
Though they're politically part of Russia, are either Sakhalin or the Kuril Islands or both considered part of the Japanese archipelago in a geographic sense?184.108.40.206 (talk) 09:42, 31 July 2013 (UTC)