Place:Okinawa Island, Okinawa, Japan


NameOkinawa Island
Coordinates26.5°N 127.933333°E
Located inOkinawa, Japan

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is the largest of the Okinawa Islands and the Ryukyu (Nansei) Islands of Japan. The island has an area of . It is roughly south of the rest of Japan, roughly the same distance off the coast of China, and 300 miles north of Taiwan. The boxed in and cramped Greater Naha area, home to the capital (or more accurately -- prefectural seat) of Okinawa Prefecture on the southwestern part of Okinawa Island, has roughly 800 thousand of the island's 1.3 million residents, while the city itself is home to about 320 thousand. The island hosts the majority of the US troops stationed in Japan, putting significant strain on civilian life.

The island's population is known as one of the longest-lived people in the world, together with the Sardinians whose island is located in the Mediterranean sea (22 centenarians/100,000 inhabitants); in fact, there are 34 centenarians per 100,000 people, which is more than three times the rate in Japan.

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