Meaning: Island nation in the northwest Pacific Ocean off the coast of east Asia.
This is a modern ASL sign, often used by global travelers and younger generations of signers.
This older ASL sign is a generational variation (used in the 1980s). Older ASL speakers prefer this sign for some reasons.
ASL signs for the category of countries, including continents.
ASL signs for the category of cities around the world plus states and provinces in North America. Note that many loanwords/signs are borrowed from other countries if not available in ASL.
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