There are two stable patterns of flow for the Kuroshio south of Japan: (i) flow along the continental slope, all the way east to the Izu-Ogasawara Ridge; and (ii) a southeastward meander away from the continental slope south of Shikoku, out over deep water. We have modeled the Ku.roshio as a steady free inertial jet that extends to the bottom over at least a portion of its path....