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YAKU-SHIMA, an island belonging to Japan, lying S. of Kiushiu, in 30 30' N. and 130 30' E. It is an irregular pentagon, 14 m. in width and the same in length. It is separated from Tanega-shima by the Vincennes Strait (Yaku-kaiky6), 12^ m. wide, and its surface is broken by lofty mountains, of which Yae-dake rises to a height of 6515 ft., and Eboshi-dake to a height of 4840 ft. It is covered with dense forest, in which are some of the finest cryptomeria in Japan, known as Yaku-sugi.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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