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Japanese Archipelago

18th February, 2023 Geography

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  • The Japanese archipelago, one of the world’s prominent island groups that lies just off the coast of Eurasia, now has 14,125 islands, according to the Japanese government. This is double the 6,852 islands that was the official figure way back in 1987.

Japanese Archipelago

The topography is divided as:

  • Hokkaido, Honshu, and Shikoku and its surrounding islands;
  • Kyushu and the Ryukyu arc, which is composed of the Ryukyu Islands and other surrounding islands;
  • Eastern part of Hokkaido and the Kuril Islands;
  • Nanpō Islands and the Izu Peninsula (part of Izu-Bonin-Mariana Arc).