Chishima Province (千島国 Chishima-no kuni) was a province of Japan created during the Meiji Era. It originally contained the Kuril Islands from Kunashiri northwards, and later incorporated Shikotan as well. Its original territory is currently occupied by Russia, and its later territory was renounced in the San Francisco Treaty (see Kuril Island conflict) except the southernmost four islands.
- 1869 Japan occupied Kunashir.
- August 15, 1869 Chishima Province created with 5 districts.
- 1872 The population was counted as 437
- November, 1875 Karafuto (Sakhalin) ceded to Russia in exchange for Kuril Islands in the Treaty of Saint Petersburg (1875). Kuril Islands divided into 3 new districts
- January, 1885 Shikotan Island transferred from Nemuro Province. Becomes Shikotan District.
- In 1945 the Soviet Union province of Sakhalin been formed which included Kunashir District.
- Kunashiri (国後郡) (occupied and administered by Russia, see Kuril Island conflict)
- Etorofu (択捉郡) (occupied and administered by Russia)
- Furebetsu (振別郡) (dissolved April, 1923 when its villages merged with several villages in Shana and Etorofu districts to form the village of Rubetsu in Etorofu)
- Shana (紗那郡) (occupied and administered by Russia)
- Shibetoro (蘂取郡) (occupied and administered by Russia)
- Shikotan (色丹郡) (split off of Hanasaki District in 1885; currently occupied and administered by Russia)
- Uruppu (得撫郡) Acquired in Treaty of Saint Petersburg (1875), ceded in San Francisco Treaty
- Shimushiru (新知郡) Acquired in Treaty of Saint Petersburg, ceded in San Francisco Treaty
- Shumushu (占守郡) Acquired in Treaty of Saint Petersburg, ceded in San Francisco Treaty
- Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric and Käthe Roth. (2005). Japan encyclopedia. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-01753-5; OCLC 58053128
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