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Sakishima

 

a group of 20 islands in the southwestern part of the Ryukyu archipelago. A possession of Japan’s. Area, approximately 900 sq km. Population, approximately 125,000 (1968). Some of the islands are of volcanic origin and have elevations that reach 530 m (on Ishigaki-shima). The other islands are primarily coralline. Coral reefs are commonly found along the coasts. The climate is tropical and monsoonal and there are frequent (as many as 45 annually) typhoons. Sugarcane, rice, tobacco, pineapples, and sweet potatoes are grown. There is fishing and swine breeding on Sakishima. The main cities are Ishigaki and Hirara.

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The Mainichi report said the Japanese Defense Ministry plans to study the feasibility of stationing fighter jets at airports on the Sakishima Islands such as the Shimojijima Airport, which is about midway from the Naha base and the Senkakus.
But some officials have admitted that the real aim of the deployment is to pave the way for the Defense Ministry to station ground troops in the Sakishima island group, which includes Ishigaki and Miyako islands, under the latest defense policy platform, apparently with China in mind.
One senior Defense Ministry official said the deployment would be a chance to show the presence of the GSDF in the Sakishima island group, where no ground troops have so far been deployed.
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On Thursday, the Chinese Defense Ministry said the MSDF ship entered its navy's live-fire drill zone in waters southeast of the Sakishima Islands, south of the disputed islands known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China.
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From the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries the kingdom embraced all of the island chain, from the Amami Islands below Kyushu in the north to the Sakishima Islands near Taiwan in the south.
Powerful typhoon Haitang, heading across the Pacific toward Okinawa Prefecture on Sunday morning, may bring heavy rain in the Sakishima islands in the prefecture from the night through Monday morning, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
Winds of more than 90 kilometers per hour hit the main island of Okinawa and the Sakishima Islands earlier in the day, but the worst of the season's fifth typhoon has passed, although the agency maintained its warning of strong winds and high waves.