Japan Islands: Japan discovers 7,000 more islands in its territory. See details

Japan conducted a recount of its islands and determined that it has 7,000 more islands than previously believed. The Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI) used digital mapping to discover that Japanese territory has 14,125 islands, which is more than twice the number of 6,852 islands listed in the official record since a 1987 report by Japan’s Coast Guard.

The GSI emphasized this week that the revised island count resulted from improved surveying techniques and more detailed maps, and did not alter the total land area under Japan’s jurisdiction. The GSI noted that there is no globally agreed method for counting islands, but it adhered to the same size threshold as the earlier survey conducted 35 years ago.

This involved counting all natural land formations with a circumference of at least 100 meters (330 feet). The updated count does not encompass any artificially created or reclaimed land.

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The islands surrounding Japan have been at the center of numerous territorial conflicts. Tokyo disputes Moscow’s control of the southern Kuril Islands, which Japan refers to as the Northern Territories. This disagreement has its roots in the aftermath of World War II when Soviet troops captured the islands from Japan.

Japan also asserts a historical claim to the uninhabited Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, which it administers. However, China has repeatedly contested Japan’s assertion of sovereignty over the islands. Additionally, Japan and South Korea have been involved in a 70-year-old dispute over the sovereignty of a group of islets located in the Sea of Japan, which Seoul refers to as Dokdo, and Tokyo calls Takeshima.


  1. What are some of Japan’s most popular islands?
    Kyushu, Honshu, Yakushima Island, etc
  2. Who is the Prime Minister of Japan?
    Fumio Kishida

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