Ishigaki, Okinawa

Coordinates: 24°20′26″N 124°9′20″E / 24.34056°N 124.15556°E / 24.34056; 124.15556
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Map of Okinawa Prefecture showing city of Ishigaki
Satellite view of Ishigaki Island

Ishigaki (石垣市, Ishigaki-shi) is a Japanese city in Okinawa Prefecture. The city is the most southern city in Japan.[1]

History[change | change source]

Ishigaki was established in 1908 as Yaeyama Village. In 1914 it was renamed to Ishigaki Village. It grew to become a town in 1926 and a city in 1947.[2]

The Senkakus were included in the village of 1908, in the village of 1914, in the town in 1926, and in the city in 1947.[2]

In 2013, the New Ishigaki Airport (新石垣空港, Shin-Ishigaki Kūkō) opened.[3]

Geography[change | change source]

The city includes Ishigaki Island and the Senkaku Islands.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Introducing Ishigaki-jima" at; retrieved 2013-2-25.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Okuhara, Toshio. (1971). "The Territorial Sovereignty over the Senkaku Islands and Problems on the Surrounding Continental Shelf," 15 The Japanese Annual of International Law, 97, 98; retrieved 2013-3-5.
  3. Gulsac, Elaine. "Access of the Yaeyamas," New York Times.March 17, 2013; retrieved 2013-3-21.

Other websites[change | change source]

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24°20′26″N 124°9′20″E / 24.34056°N 124.15556°E / 24.34056; 124.15556