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Nishinoshima volcano eruption. Photo taken by Japan Coast Guard
Ogasawara Islands, south of Tokyo, Japan

Ogasawara Islands, also known as the Bonin islands or 小笠原群島 in Japanese, are an archipelago of over 30 subtropical and tropical islands, some 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) south of Tokyo, Japan. Bonin Islands is the common name in English for Ogasawara Guntō, from the Japanese word bunin (an archaic reading of 無人 mujin), meaning "no people" or "uninhabited". The only inhabited islands of the group are Chichijima (父島), the seat of the municipal government, and Hahajima (母島) which includes Ogasawara Village.

Volcano Islands Arc

The Volcano Islands (or 火山列島 in Japanese) is a group of three Japanese islands south of the Bonin Islands that belong to the municipality of Ogasawara, south of Tokyo, Japan. The islands are all active volcanoes lying atop an island arc that stretches south to the Marianas.

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