Far off the coast of Tokyo lie the Okinotorishima and Minamitorishima Islands.
They're border islands on the southernmost and easternmost edges of Japan.
These two invaluable groups of islands offer us
abundant blessings from the ocean, and a brighter future.
Discover their enormous possibilities.
Report on the Results of the Fiscal Year Reiwa 4 (2022) Research and Survey Project on Okinotorishima and Minamitorishima Islands
A new article has been posted in the special interview! (JAMSTEC, Mr. Igarashi)
A new article has been posted in the special interview! (IDEA Consultants, Inc., Dr. Kikawa)
A new article has been posted in the special interview! (Geodetic Observation Center, Geospatial Information Authority of Japan)
A new article has been posted in the special interview! (Mr. Notoya, Office of Designated Remote Island Ports)
A new article has been posted in the special interview! (Mr. Hagiwara, Cabinet Office)
Border islands play important roles like serving as the basis for defining territorial waters and exclusive economic zones.
Surrounded by sea on all sides, Japan is made up of numerous islands, including some 14,000 remote ones with a perimeter of 100 m or more. This makes it one of the world's largest island nations. Border islands play a very important role for us.
Countries with exclusive economic zones (EEZs) have the right to investigate, develop, and preserve various resources (organisms, minerals, etc.) within these zones. At the same time, they also have an obligation to manage these resources and environments properly. Exclusive economic zones are very precious places for Japan—all the more so because it's surrounded by ocean.
The Okinotorishima and Minamitorishima Islands are "Designated Remote Islands." This means the surrounding exclusive economic zones, etc. have to be preserved and used properly. They're extremely important islands that are essential to our lives and to maintaining and developing Tokyo's urban power, and also contribute to the nation's interests.
Discover everything, from where they are to their sizes, terrains, climates, ocean phenomena, and histories!
Islands at the Southernmost Edge of Japan
An Island at the Easternmost Edge of Japan
Have fun discovering more about the Okinotorishima and Minamitorishima Islands
at the southernmost and easternmost edge of Tokyo, through quizzes, puzzles,
and interviews with people whose work involves them!
Interviews with people whose work involves
the Okinotorishima and Minamitorishima Islands!
Have fun discovering more about border islands
through quizzes and puzzles!