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Gunkan-jima Island

Gunkan-jima Island, although it official name is Hashima Island, it is commonly 
known as Gunkan-jima Island, after the Japanese name for battleship.
It was registered as the World Cultural Heritage of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution 
site in 2015.

The island was once the site of an underwater mining operation and a town with 
several thousand residents.

Coal was mined at 1,000 meters under the sea here, yielding a significant 
annual output.
The multiple high-rise housing until on the island employed some of the 
most advanced construction methods of the time.
The mine itself ceased operation in 1974 and the entire island was abandoned.

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