Tanegashima is an island in , south of . Tanegashima has two claims to fame. In 1543, Portuguese explorer Mendes Pinto found his way there and introduces firearms to the Japanese, and for a long time thereafter rifles were known as tanegashima in Japanese.

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New Tanegashima Airport, also known as Tanegashima Airport, is located in , on , one of the Ōsumi Islands in southern , . is situated 3½ km north of Tanegashima. Photo: Tubame2004, CC BY-SA 3.0.


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