BONIN ISLANDS, Japan- are an archipelago of over 30 subtropical and tropical islands, some 1,000 kilometres south of Tokyo. The Tokugawa Shogunate dispatched an expedition in 1675 & made a map of one island. The Japanese word bunin means "no people" or "uninhabited". Even today there are only 2 inhabited islands in the group. Because the islands have never been connected to a continent, many of their animals & plants have undergone unique evolutionary processes.