Okinawa Prefecture

Okinawa Prefecture

沖縄県
Japanese transcription(s)
 • Japanese沖縄県
 • RōmajiOkinawa-ken
Flag of Okinawa Prefecture
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Official logo of Okinawa Prefecture
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Location of Okinawa Prefecture
Coordinates: 26°30′N 128°0′E / 26°30′N 128°0′E / 26.500; 128.000

Okinawa Prefecture (Japanese: 沖縄県, Hepburn: Okinawa-ken, Okinawan: ウチナー Uchinaa) is the southernmost prefecture of Japan.[1] It encompasses two thirds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) long. The Ryukyu Islands extend southwest from Kyushu (the southwesternmost of Japan's four main islands) to Taiwan (Yilan County). Naha, Okinawa's capital, is located in the southern part of Okinawa Island.[2]

Although Okinawa Prefecture comprises just 0.6 percent of Japan's total land mass, about 75 percent of all United States military personnel stationed in Japan are assigned to installations in the prefecture.[3] Currently about 26,000 U.S. troops are based in the prefecture.[4]

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