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Hashima Island (端島; meaning "Border Island"), commonly called Gunkanjima (軍艦島; meaning "Battleship Island") is one among 505 uninhabited islands in the Nagasaki Prefecture about 15 kilometers from Nagasaki itself. The island was populated from 1887 to 1974 as a coal mining facility. The island's most notable features are the abandoned concrete buildings and the sea wall surrounding it.

"Battleship Island" is an English translation of the Japanese nickname for Hashima Island, "Gunkan-jima". The island's nickname came from its apparent resemblance to a battleship, or "gunkan" (jima/shima meaning island) due to its high sea-walls. It also is known as the Ghost Island. It is known for its coal mines and their operation during the industrialization of Japan. Mitsubishi bought the island in 1890 and began the project, the aim of which was retrieving coal from the bottom of the sea. They built Japan's first large concrete building, a block of 30 apartments in 1916 to accommodate their burgeoning ranks of workers, and to protect against typhoon destruction.

In 1959, its population density was 835 people per hectare for the whole island, or 1,391 per hectare for the residential district, supposedly the highest population density ever recorded worldwide. As petroleum replaced coal in Japan in the 1960s, coal mines began shutting down all over the country, and Hashima's mines were no exception. Mitsubishi officially announced the closing of the mine in 1974, and today it is empty, bare, which is why it's called the Ghost Island. Travel to Hashima is currently prohibited, but it may be reopened in April of 2007. Processes have started to that effect.
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Okinotorishima (沖ノ鳥島?) is an atoll, which in English has multiple designations (Okinotori coral reefs, Okinotori Islands). Its original name was Parece Vela[1] Spanish for "looks like a sail" (alluding to the original appearance of the reef). This name has been retained in English as well, especially to designate the geological formations of the islets.

It is located on the Palau-Kyushu Ridge in the Philippine Sea at [show location on an interactive map] 20°25′N 136°05′E / 20.417°N 136.083°E / 20.417; 136.083Coordinates: [show location on an interactive map] 20°25′N 136°05′E / 20.417°N 136.083°E / 20.417; 136.083, 534 km (332 miles) SE of Oki Daitō and 567 km (352 miles) WSW of Minami Iwo Jima of the Ogasawara Islands or 1740 km (1081 miles) south of Tokyo, Japan. The Japanese meaning of the name is "remote bird islands" and they are sometimes referred to as "the southernmost islands of Japan."







 

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Okinotorishima (沖ノ鳥島?) is an atoll, which in English has multiple designations (Okinotori coral reefs, Okinotori Islands). Its original name was Parece Vela[1] Spanish for "looks like a sail" (alluding to the original appearance of the reef). This name has been retained in English as well, especially to designate the geological formations of the islets.

It is located on the Palau-Kyushu Ridge in the Philippine Sea at [show location on an interactive map] 20°25′N 136°05′E / 20.417°N 136.083°E / 20.417; 136.083Coordinates: [show location on an interactive map] 20°25′N 136°05′E / 20.417°N 136.083°E / 20.417; 136.083, 534 km (332 miles) SE of Oki Daitō and 567 km (352 miles) WSW of Minami Iwo Jima of the Ogasawara Islands or 1740 km (1081 miles) south of Tokyo, Japan. The Japanese meaning of the name is "remote bird islands" and they are sometimes referred to as "the southernmost islands of Japan."
China is saying this is a rock not an island and therefore EEZ shouldn't be recognized.... well, it does look like just a rock not an island:lol::lol::lol::lol:

So the argument is, just get started with the damn power plant thing and generate some fraction of GDP ASAP! If the "rock" generates some economy, it counts as an "island". (China is already in upper hand in this regard, by building a house and making someone live on their disputed "rock" that is less than a quater square meter in area)
 
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