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Nippon or Nihon, 日本 (日本国, State of Japan), known in English as Japan, formerly known as Cipangu, Giapan, per the Malay-Portuguese Japang, spanning an archipelago of 6852 East Asia islands in the north-western Pacific, these being held and divided between various dynastic states from prehistory into modernity. It is presently divided into forty-seven prefectures — Hokkaido, Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Akita, Yamagata, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Niigata, Toyama, Ishikawa, Fukui, Yamanashi, Nagano, Gifu, Shizuoka, Aichi, Mie, Shiga, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyōgo, Nara, Wakayama, Tottori, Shimane, Okayama, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Tokushima, Kagawa, Ehime, Kōchi, Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Ōita, Miyazaki, Kagoshima, and Okinawa.