a warm ocean current in the Pacific, flowing N along the E coast of Taiwan, NE along the E coast of Japan, and continuing in an easterly direction into the open Pacific.
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Also called Japan Stream, Kuroshio, Black Stream.
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British Dictionary definitions for Japan Current
a warm ocean current flowing northeastwards off the E coast of Japan towards the North PacificAlso called: Kuroshio
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Scientific definitions for Japan Current
[ jə-păn′ ]
A branch of the North Equatorial Current that flows northeast from the Philippine Sea, north along the eastern shore of Taiwan, past southeastern Japan, and onward to the North Pacific. Its warm air moderates the climate of Taiwan and Japan. Also called Kuroshio Current See more at equatorial current gyre.
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