The Yaeyama Islands (Yaeyama Island Group) 八重山諸島 are located in the Sakishima Islands in the Yaeyama Subprefecture of Okinawa Prefecture in Japan. Also known as Yaeyama-rettō. Surrounded by the East China Sea. To the northeast is the Miyako Islands and further to the northeast is Okinawa Island.
Yaeyama Islands include: Ishigaki Island (Ishigaki-jima), Aragusuku Island (Aragusuku-jima), Hateruma Island (Hateruma-jima), Iriomote Island (Iriomote-jima), Kayama Island (Kayama-jima), Kohama Island (Kohama-jima), Kuroshima Island (Kuroshima), Sotobanari Island (Sotobanari-jima), Taketomi Island (Taketomi-jima), Yubu Island (Yubu-jima), Hatoma Island (Hatoma-jima), Yonaguni Island (Yonaguni-jima).
During World War II, many residents of Ishigaki Island were forcibly made to take refuge on Iriomote Island. Attached by American aircraft in the final months of the war until the official surrender of Japan.
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February 11, 2018