Ryukyu Shimpo (9/17/14) reported that “Modern people living in the Ryukyu Islands are genetically more closely related to those in the main islands of Japan than people in Taiwan or mainland China, a research team has found.” The following are excerpts from the article:
– Previous research results have also shown the people of the Ryukyu Islands are more similar to those in the main islands of Japan than mainland China or Taiwan from bones and DNA analysis of remains.
– The team collected DNA from a few hundred of people from the main islands of Okinawa, Miyako and Yaeyama islands…. The results showed the native people of the Ryukyu islands and those of Taiwan are in different genetic groups.
– The researchers said further investigation was needed.
See the original article, “Genetic DNA of Okinawan people similar to people in the main islands of Japan.”