Japanese archipelago

Japanese Archipelago
Japan (orthographic projection).svg
Japanese archipelago shown in dark green
Coordinates37°30′52″N 137°42′44″E / 37°30′52″N 137°42′44″E / 37.514444; 137.712222
Satellite image of Japan

The Japanese archipelago (日本列島, Nihon Rettō) is a group of 6,852 islands that form the country of Japan. It extends over 3,000 km (1,900 mi)[1] from the Sea of Okhotsk northeast to the Philippine Sea south along the northeastern coast of the Eurasia continent. It consists of islands from the Sakhalin island arc, the Northeastern Japan arc to the Ryukyu islands and the Nanpō Islands.

The term Home Islands was used at the end of World War II to define the area of Japan to which its sovereignty and the constitutional rule of the Emperor would be restricted.[citation needed] The term is also commonly used today to distinguish the archipelago from Japan's colonies and other territories in the first half of the 20th century.[2]


Other Languages
Afrikaans: Japanse Argipel
Bân-lâm-gú: Ji̍t-pún lia̍t-tó
беларуская: Японскія астравы
български: Японски острови
Esperanto: Japana insularo
한국어: 일본 열도
Bahasa Indonesia: Kepulauan Jepang
Bahasa Melayu: Kepulauan Jepun
Nederlands: Japanse archipel
日本語: 日本列島
slovenčina: Japonské ostrovy
slovenščina: Japonsko otočje
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Japanski arhipelag
吴语: 日本列岛
粵語: 日本列島
中文: 日本列島