(E. Ts. Note) See below for the "Surrender Terms", also the second post of September post reports a brief synopsis of the rise and fall of the Japanes Empire.
Long Beach 2, California Sunday, September 2, 1945
By KENNETH McCALEB
INS (Staff Correspondent)
ABOARD THE U. S. S, MISSOURI, Tokyo Bay, Sept. 2 (Sunday).
Japan placed her humbled empire and emperor at the feet of the united nations today to an epoch making surrender ceremony presided over by Gen. Douglas MacArthur aboard the battleship Missouri in Tokyo bay.
The Surrender Instrument
U. S. S. MISSOURI, TOKYO BAY, Sunday, (AP)—
Official text of the surrender instrument:
"1.. We, acting by command of and in behalf of the Emperor of Japan, the Japanese government and the Japanese Imperial general headquarters, hereby accept provisions In the declaration issued by the heads of the governments of the United States, Chinaand Great Britain July 26, 1945, at Potsdam, and subsequently adhered to by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, which four powers are hereafter referred to as the allied powers
"2. We hereby proclaim the unconditional surrender to the allied powers of the Japanese Imperial general headquarters and of all Japanese armed forces and all armed forces under Japanese control wherever situated.
"3 We hereby command all Japanese forces, wherever situated, and the Japanese people to cease hostilities forthwith, to preserve and save from damage all ships, aircraft and military and civil property and to comply with all requirements which may be Imposed by the supreme commander for the allied powers or by agencies of the Japanese government at his direction.
"4. We hereby command the Japanese Imperial general headquarters to issue at once eiders to the commanders of all Japanese forces and all forces under Japanese control, wherever situated, to surrender unconditionally themselves and all forces under their control.
"5. We hereby command all civil, military and naval officials to obey and enforce all proclamations, orders and directives, deemed by the supreme commander for the allied powers to be proper to effectuate this surrender and issued by him or under his authority and, we direct all such officials to remain at their posts and to continue to perform their non-combat duties unless specifically relieved by him or under his authority.
"6. We hereby undertake for the Emperor, the Japanese government and their successors to carry out the provisions of the Potsdam declaration in good faith, and to issue whatever orders and take whatever action maybe required by the supreme commander for the allied powers or by any other designated representative of the allied powers for the purpose of giving effect to that declaration
"7. We hereby command the Japanese Imperial government and the Japanese Imperial general headquarters at once to liberate all allied prisoners of war and civilian internees now tinder Japanese control and to provide for their protection, care, maintenance and Immediate transportation to places as directed, .
"8. The authority of the Emperor and the Japanese government to rule the state shall be subject to the supreme commander for the allied powers who will take such steps as he deems proper to effectuate these terms of surrender."