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ww2dbaseWith the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki destroyed by atomic weapons, the will of the Japanese leadership was tested. Then it came the news that the Soviet Union declared war on Japan, with troops crossing into northeastern China an hour later. These three reasons led to Emperor Showa's decision to break the deadlock at his council which debated fruitlessly whether or not to respond to the Allies' call for unconditional surrender. The Emperor said at the Imperial conference:
ww2dbaseThe council obeyed the Emperor's edict, and started the negotiation process with the Allies through the neutral Switzerland, making only one demand that Emperor Showa would not be removed from power.
ww2dbaseSurprising most of Japan, Emperor Showa of Japan announced his intention to surrender to the Allies unconditionally over public radio on 15 Aug 1945. It was the first time Japanese commoners heard an Emperor's voice, and most of them did not understand his Imperial court dialect, adding to his mysteriousness. His message, however defeated, did not once include the word "defeat", perhaps reflecting his refusal to face the reality that Japan had lost the war. His radio address was translated as follows:
ww2dbaseTo our good and loyal subjects:
ww2dbaseAfter pondering deeply the general trends of the world and the actual conditions obtaining in our Empire today, we have decided to effect a settlement of the present situation by resorting to an extraordinary measure.
ww2dbaseWe have ordered our Government to communicate to the Governments of the United States, Great Britain, China, and the Soviet Union that our Empire accepts the provisions of their joint declaration.
ww2dbaseTo strive for the common prosperity and happiness of all nations as well as the security and well- being of our subjects is the solemn obligation that has been handed down by our Imperial Ancestors, and we lay it close to the heart.
ww2dbaseIndeed, we declared war on America and Britain out of our sincere desire to ensure Japan's self- preservation and the stabilization of East Asia, it being far from our thought either to infringe upon the sovereignty of other nations or to embark upon territorial aggrandizement.
ww2dbaseBut now the war has lasted for nearly four years. Despite the best that has been done by everyone-- the gallant fighting of the military and naval forces, the diligence and assiduity of our servants of the state and the devoted service of our 100 million people--the war situation has developed not necessarily to Japan's advantage, while the general trends of the world have all turned against her interest.
ww2dbaseMoreover, the enemy has begun to employ a new and most cruel bomb, the power of which to do damage is, indeed, incalculable, taking the toll of many innocent lives. Should we continue to fight, it would not only result in an ultimate collapse and obliteration of the Japanese nation, but also it would lead to the total extinction of human civilization.
ww2dbaseSuch being the case, how are we to save the millions of our subjects, or to atone ourselves before the hallowed spirits of our Imperial Ancestors? This is the reason why we have ordered the acceptance of the provisions of the joint declaration of the powers.
ww2dbaseWe cannot but express the deepest sense of regret to our allied nations of East Asia, who have consistently cooperated with the Empire toward the emancipation of East Asia.
ww2dbaseThe thought of those officers and men as well as others who have fallen in the fields of battle, those who died at their posts of duty, and those who met with death and all their bereaved families, pains our heart night and day.
ww2dbaseThe welfare of the wounded and the war sufferers, and of those who have lost their homes and livelihood is the object of our profound solicitude. The hardships and suffering to which our nation is to be subjected hereafter will be certainly great.
ww2dbaseWe are keenly aware of the inmost feelings of all you, our subjects. However, it is according to the dictates of time and fate that we have resolved to pave the way for a grand peace for all the generations to come by enduring the unendurable and suffering what is insufferable. Having been able to save and maintain the structure of the Imperial State, we are always with you, our good and loyal subjects, relying upon your sincerity and integrity.
ww2dbaseBeware most strictly of any outbursts of emotion that may engender needless complications, and of any fraternal contention and strife that may create confusion, lead you astray and cause you to lose the confidence of the world.
ww2dbaseLet the entire nation continue as one family from generation to generation, ever firm in its faith in the imperishableness of its divine land, and mindful of its heavy burden of responsibilities, and the long road before it. Unite your total strength to be devoted to the construction for the future. Cultivate the ways of rectitude, nobility of spirit, and work with resolution so that you may enhance the innate glory of the Imperial State and keep pace with the progress of the world.
ww2dbaseAll you, our subjects, we command you to act in accordance with our wishes.
ww2dbaseDespite the Emperor's urging, a small group refused to admit defeat. A group of military servicemen, many of them special attack pilots, mutinied. Believing that the Emperor had been abducted by defeatists, they attacked the Imperial Palace, killing the general of the Imperial Guard Division before the small rebellion was subdued. This small rebellion made the Allies nervous. By sending Douglas MacArthur to Japan, would they be sending the Allied commander into a trap? MacArthur did not believe so, and he was right. Upon reaching Atsugi Airfield outside of the naval district of Yokohama, he was treated with utmost respect. Two Japanese divisions guarded the roadway between the airfield and Yokohama's New Grand Hotel, with their backs facing MacArthur, which was the same respect they would give the Emperor. As MacArthur planned the formal surrender, he also immediately embarked on a mission to free prisoners of war, including his comrade of the Philippines days Jonathan Wainwright from a camp in Mukden in northeastern China.
ww2dbaseTokyo Bay Surrender Ceremony
ww2dbaseThe date of Japan's formal surrender was 2 Sep 1945, and it took place aboard American battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay. That morning, the Japanese delegation boarded American destroyers for Missouri. Toshikazu Kase of the Foreign Ministry was a member of the delegation, who noted his impression of the Allied show of force in Tokyo Bay as he approached in USS Landsdown.
ww2dbaseAfter Kase arrived, he observed that
ww2dbase"We are gathered here, representatives of the major warring powers, to conclude a solemn agreement whereby peace may be restored", said MacArthur to start the ceremony. Amidst American, British, and other Allied warships, Japanese foreign minister Mamoru Shigemitsu "[b]y Command and on behalf of the Emperor of Japan and the Japanese Government" and General Yoshijiro Umezu "[b]y Command and on behalf of the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters" surrendered. For the Allies, MacArthur represented the United States and the Allied command, Chester Nimitz represented the United States, Hsu Yung-Ch'ang for China, Bruce Fraser for the United Kingdom, Kuzma Derevyanko for the Soviet Union, Thomas Blamey for Australia, Colonel Lawrence Moore Cosgrave for Canada, General Philippe LeClerc for France, Conrad E.L. Helfrich for the Netherlands, and Leonard Isitt signed the surrender document for New Zealand. British Arthur Percival and American Jonathan Wainwright, generals who were imprisoned by the Japanese early on in the war, were invited to witness the historical event.
ww2dbaseThe text of the instrument of surrender was as follows:
ww2dbaseWe, acting by command of and in behalf of the Emperor of Japan, the Japanese Government and the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters, hereby accept the provisions set forth in the declaration issued by the Heads of the Governments of the United States, China, and Great Britain on 26 July 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.
ww2dbaseWe 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 the Japanese control wherever situated.
ww2dbaseWe 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.
ww2dbaseWe hereby command the Japanese Imperial Headquarters to issue at once orders 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.
ww2dbaseWe hereby command all civil, military and naval officials to obey and enforce all proclamations, and 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-combatant duties unless specifically relieved by him or under his authority.
ww2dbaseWe 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 actions may be 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.
ww2dbaseWe 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 under Japanese control and to provide for their protection, care, maintenance and immediate transportation to places as directed.
ww2dbaseThe 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.
ww2dbaseSigned at TOKYO BAY, JAPAN at 0904 on the SECOND day of SEPTEMBER, 1945
By Command and on Behalf of the Emperor of Japan and the Japanese Government
By Command and on Behalf of the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters
ww2dbaseAccepted at TOKYO BAY, JAPAN at 0908 on the SECOND day of SEPTEMBER, 1945, for the United States, Republic of China, United Kingdom and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and in the interests of the other United Nations at war with Japan.
ww2dbaseDOUGLAS MAC ARTHUR
Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers
United States Representative
Republic of China Representative
United Kingdom Representative
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics Representative
Commonwealth of Australia Representative
ww2dbaseL. MOORE COSGRAVE
Dominion of Canada Representative
ww2dbaseJACQUES LE CLERC
Provisional Government of the French Republic Representative
Kingdom of the Netherlands Representative
ww2dbaseLEONARD M. ISITT
Dominion of New Zealand Representative
ww2dbaseWhen all signed the document, MacArthur approached the microphone and drew the war to a close: "Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world, and that God will preserve it always. These proceedings are closed."
ww2dbaseAs a precaution, Raymond Spruance commanded a full carrier task force some distance off Japan in preparation of any Japanese hostility. As expected, the carrier task force did not have the need to launch any combat missions on 2 Sep 1945.
ww2dbaseOther Surrender Ceremonies
ww2dbaseThe surrender ceremony at Rabaul, New Britain took place on 6 Sep 1945 aboard the British carrier Glory.
ww2dbaseSurrender ceremony in Korea took place in the Government Building in Seoul on 9 Sep 1945.
ww2dbaseThere were a number of surrender ceremonies in China. The first major ceremony took place in Hunan Province at the Zhijiang Airfield in Zhijiang County at 1600 hours on 21 Aug 1945. On 9 Sep 1945, General Yasuji Okamura of the Japanese China Expeditionary Army formally surrendered all Japanese troops in the entire China-Burma-India theater in a surrender ceremony in the ceremonial hall of the Chinese Military Academy at the capital city of Nanjing; the Chinese had wanted the Nanjing surrender ceremony to take place around a round table in order to save face for the Japanese in accordance to Chiang Kaishek's order to grant the Japanese benevolence, but American liaison officers vetoed such notion, insisting that Okamura and his staff should feel as the defeated rather than as peers. On, 10 Oct, Hiroshi Nemoto surrendered the Japanese China North Area Army at the Forbidden City in Beiping. On 25 Oct 1945 in Zhongshan Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, Chinese representative Chen Yi accepted the Japanese surrender of the island.
ww2dbaseJapanese forces surrendered on the island of Labuan, British Northern Borneo on 10 Sep 1945.
ww2dbaseSeishiro Itagaki surrendered the Japanese forces in Singapore on behalf of Field Marshal Hisaichi Terauchi, who was unable to attend due to health reasons, at the City Hall building on 12 Sep 1945. Louis Mountbatten accepted the surrender.
ww2dbaseOn 13 Sep 1945, Hatazo Adachi surrendered the remnants of his 18th Army to the Australians near Wewak in Australian Territory of New Guinea.
ww2dbaseAlso on 13 Sep, Japanese forces in Kuala Lumpur in British Malaya surrendered.
ww2dbaseOn 15 Sep 1945, a British naval squadron arrived in waters off of the port of Tanjung Priok near Jakarta in Dutch East Indies (or, the newly declared Republic Indonesia) with the primary task of assisting former prisoners of war. Admiral Todashi Maeda and other local Japanese military commanders immediately surrendered themselves to this advance party.
ww2dbaseThe Hong Kong surrender ceremony was held at the Government House on 16 Sep 1945. Royal Navy Rear Admiral Cecil Harcourt represented the United Kingdom, and Navy Vice Admiral Ruitaro Fujita and Army Major General Umekichi Okada represented Japan.
ww2dbaseChinese Lieutenant General Lu Han accepted the Japanese surrender in Hanoi, Tonkin, French Indochina on 28 Sep 1945; he and his troops would remain in Hanoi for another six months before France was ready to administer its former colony.
ww2dbaseOn 30 Nov 1945, Japanese Field Marshal Hisaichi Terauchi formally surrendered in Saigon in southern French Indochina.
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|21 Jul 1945||The Allied leadership threatened Japan with destruction if it did not surrender.|
|27 Jul 1945||The Japanese issued a reply to the United States' threat to utterly destroy Japan if the appeal, made on 21 Jul 1945. Japan refused to surrender. The reply stated that Japan was determined to fight tooth and nail for every inch of her sacred soil.|
|10 Aug 1945||Faced with the threat of more atomic bombs and the menace of the Soviets, Japan announced that it was willing to surrender provided the future status of the Emperor could be assured.|
|11 Aug 1945||US Secretary of State James Byrnes rejected the Japanese surrender terms offered on the previous day, citing the refusal for any Japanese preconditions. Meanwhile, American aircraft continued conventional bombing of Japanese cities.|
|12 Aug 1945||Emperor Showa ordered his government to surrender.|
|12 Aug 1945||The US Joint Chiefs of Staff submitted General Order No. 1 to President Harry Truman for approval. It instructed Japanese forces to surrender to designated Allied commanders, to reveal all current military deployments, and to preserve military equipment for later disarmament. A minor detail in this order that would become more significant later was the instructions for Japanese forces in Korea surrender to US or Soviet commanders depending on whether the Japanese unit was based north or south of the 38th Parallel.|
|14 Aug 1945||The Japanese Imperial Council accepted Emperor Showa's order to surrender to the Allies powers' surrender terms. In turn, Prime Minister Kantaro Suzuki notified the Allies that Japan was accepting the Potsdam Declaration.|
|15 Aug 1945||Chiang Kaishek made a radio address from the facilities of the Broadcasting System (forerunner of today's Broadcasting Corporation of China located in Taiwan, Republic of China) in Chongqing, China, noting that China must not seek revenge against the defeated Japan, for violence would only yield more violence. He urged that China must return "virtue for malice".|
|15 Aug 1945||VJ Day was declared in Britain.|
|15 Aug 1945||Emperor Showa addressed his nation via radio, announcing the end of the war. Meanwhile, the Japanese government informed the Allies its willingness to meet the unconditional surrender terms. In response, the US government ordered all hostilities to cease in Asia. A group of Japanese Army officers made a coup d'Ã©tat attempt by attacking the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan; it ended in failure.|
|17 Aug 1945||US President Harry Truman officially approved General Order No. 1 submitted by US Joint Chiefs of Staff five days earlier, containing detailed orders to Japanese forces on matters of surrender.|
|18 Aug 1945||Guo Fengwu, the deputy commander of the 24th Pursuit Squadron of the Chinese Air Force, flew over Guisui, Suiyuan (now Hohhot, Inner Mongolia), China and dropped leaflets containing a transcript of Emperor Showa's 15 Aug 1945 radio address. He was shot down by Japanese anti-aircraft fire and became the final Chinese Air Force casualty of the war.|
|18 Aug 1945||At the headquarters of the Japanese 7th Area Army in Singapore, General Seishiro Itagaki informed his lieutenants and colonial administrators that Japan had surrendered. He ordered the men to maintain public order and to plan for the transition of power when the British colonial administration would arrive. He also ordered the construction of an internment camp in Jurong in western Singapore for Japanese civilians, who would wait there until repatriation.|
|19 Aug 1945||Japanese troops were told by their government that surrendering under the terms of a ceasefire would not be considered a loss of honour under the Bushido code which demanded fighting to the death. As a result thousands began laying down their arms. Meanwhile, more than 100 Allied warships waited off the coast of Japan for the order to enter her ports.|
|19 Aug 1945||On instructions from Douglas MacArthur, a Japanese delegation led by Japanese Imperial Army Vice Chief of Staff Lt General Torashiro Kawabe traveled from Tokyo, Japan to Ie Jima just off Okinawa where they were transferred from their two specially marked Mitsubishi G4M â€˜Bettyâ€™ bombers to a USAAF C-54 Skymaster for the second leg of their trip to Manila, Philippines where they met with MacArthur.|
|21 Aug 1945||The first major Japanese surrender ceremony in China took place at the Zhijiang Airfield in Zhijiang County, Hunan Province at 1600 hours.|
|23 Aug 1945||He Yingqin ordered Japanese generals in northern and eastern China to continue to maintain peace until Nationalist forces would arrive to relieve them.|
|23 Aug 1945||USS Yorktown (Essex-class) received orders to operate east of Honshu, Japan and provide cover for the forces occupying Japan.|
|23 Aug 1945||Southeast of Japan, Task Group 30.1 was formed consisting of fleet flagship USS Missouri with USS Nicholas, USS Oâ€™Bannon, and USS Taylor as escorts at the specific request of Admiral William Halsey.|
|24 Aug 1945||Japan agreed that the first Allied troops on the homeland would be paratroopers.|
|25 Aug 1945||USS Nicholas picked up three aircrewmen from a USS Shangri-La TBM Avenger that made a water landing during air operations. Nicholas also took aboard several press representatives transferred from USS Iowa to Nicholas for further transportation.|
|25 Aug 1945||USS Yorktown (Essex-class) began providing for the forces occupying Japan and air-dropping supplies to Allied prisoners.|
|27 Aug 1945||USS Nicholas rendezvoused with Japanese destroyer Hatuzakura to take aboard Japanese emissaries, interpreters, and harbor pilots. Nicholas then delivered US press and Japanese personnel to USS Missouri, USS Stockham, USS Waldron, HMS Whelp, and USS Gosselin. Missouri and her group then anchored in Sagami Wan just outside Tokyo Bay, Japan.|
|27 Aug 1945||In Rangoon, Burma, Japanese delegates signed a preliminary agreement ordering local Japanese commanders to assist and obey British commanders of reoccupation forces.|
|27 Aug 1945||Louis Mountbatten and Field Marshal Hisaichi Terauchi signed a preliminary surrender agreement in Rangoon, Burma.|
|27 Aug 1945||Japanese military leadership announced to its troops that all forces in Hong Kong were to surrender to the British.|
|28 Aug 1945||In Japan, an advance guard of 150 US airborne troops landed at Atsuki airfield outside Tokyo; they were the first Allied troops to set foot on the Japanese mainland.|
|28 Aug 1945||USS Nicholas delivered Japanese harbor pilots to USS Cumberland Sound, USS Proteus, and USS Neches before returning to the anchorage at Sagami Wan, Japan.|
|29 Aug 1945||US troops made an administrative landing near Tokyo, Japan, starting the occupation.|
|29 Aug 1945||USS Missouri leading USS Iowa and escorted by USS Nicholas entered Tokyo Bay, Japan.|
|30 Aug 1945||The first of the 6,000 Japanese civilians in Singapore began to move into the newly completed Jurong Interment Camp.|
|30 Aug 1945||USS San Juan evacuated Allied prisoners of war in Japan.|
|30 Aug 1945||The main Allied forces began going ashore on mainland Japan.|
|30 Aug 1945||Douglas MacArthur arrived at Atsugi Airfield near Tokyo, Japan.|
|30 Aug 1945||A British battle squadron led by the aircraft carrier Indomitable entered Hong Kong to reoccupy the Crown Colony.|
|30 Aug 1945||I-504 officially surrendered at Kobe, Japan.|
|30 Aug 1945||USS San Diego arrived at Yokosuka, Japan.|
|30 Aug 1945||USS Tamalpais entered Tokyo Bay and anchored with the fleet in advance of the surrender ceremonies. Tamalpais then began 11 weeks as a fleet water station ship.|
|30 Aug 1945||Submarine I-369 was surrendered to the Americans.|
|31 Aug 1945||Around 1,000 Allied prisoners of war from camps in the Tokyo, Japan area were transferred to hospital ships offshore.|
|1 Sep 1945||Two US Marine Corps aircraft dropped surrender terms to the Japanese garrisons on Wotje and Maloelap Atolls in the Marshall Islands.|
|1 Sep 1945||USS Nicholas shifted from Tokyo Bay anchorage to the Customs House Pier in Yokohama, Japan.|
|2 Sep 1945||Conrad Helfrich signed the Japanese instrument of surrender aboard USS Missouri aboard Tokyo Bay in Japan on behalf of the Netherlands.|
|2 Sep 1945||USS Ancon served as a press release ship for the surrender ceremony in Tokyo Bay, Japan. During the ceremony, she was anchored between USS Missouri and USS South Dakota.|
|2 Sep 1945||At Truk Atoll, Caroline Islands, USS Portland (with USS Ralph Talbot as escort) received aboard Lieutenant General Shunzaburo Magikura of the Japanese Imperial Army, Vice Admiral Chuichi Hara of the Japanese Imperial Navy, Rear Admiral Aritaka Aihara of the Japanese Imperial Navy and head of the Eastern Branch of the Japanese South Seas Government and their aides. Together, they surrendered all islands and territories under their commands to Vice Admiral George Murray, acting on behalf of Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz. Immediately following the signing of the surrender documents, Portland departed Truk bound for Guam.|
|2 Sep 1945||Eleven officers and diplomats of the Japanese surrender party crossed the deck of USS Nicholas from the Yokohama Customs House Pier to the USS Lansdowne for transportation to the USS Missouri. Fifty-eight senior US Army officers and 29 senior officers from the Allied nations of China, USSR, Australia, Canada, France, the Netherlands, and New Zealand boarded Nicholas for transportation to Missouri.|
|2 Sep 1945||Japan signed the surrender document aboard USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, Japan. Later on the same day, the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters issued General Order No. 1 written by US Joint Chiefs of Staff, which instructed Japanese forces on matters of surrender.|
|3 Sep 1945||General Tomoyuki Yamashita and Admiral Denshichi Okochi surrendered to US Army generals, among whom Jonathan Wainwright, at Camp John Hay in Baguio, Philippines Islands. The ceremony was witnessed by British General Arthur Percival.|
|4 Sep 1945||Formal Japanese surrender of Malaya took place aboard HMS Nelson off Penang, Malaya. SEAC ordered Japanese personnel in the region to treat Malapan People's Anti-Japanese Army guerrilla fighters as if they were Allied troops.|
|4 Sep 1945||Japanese troops on Wake Island surrendered.|
|5 Sep 1945||Destroyer HMAS Vendetta entered Simpson Harbor, New Britain in preparation of the surrender ceremony.|
|6 Sep 1945||Carrier HMS Glory and her task force arrived off Rabaul, New Britain in the morning. At 0900 hours, sloop HMS Hart picked up Hitoshi Imamura and Jinichi Kusaka at Kabanga Bay, who would sign the surrender documents aboard HMS Glory at 1127 hours which surrendered 139,000 remaining personnel at Rabaul plus all forces in Australian territory in the South Pacific.|
|7 Sep 1945||USS Nicholas shifted from Tokyo Bay to the coast off Hamamatsu, Japan.|
|8 Sep 1945||USS Nicholas shifted back to Tokyo Bay, Japan.|
|8 Sep 1945||Royal New Zealand Air Force aircraft dropped leaflets on Nauru and Ocean Islands, urging Japanese soldiers to stop fighting and surrender.|
|8 Sep 1945||General Douglas MacArthur arrived in Tokyo, Japan.|
|8 Sep 1945||The Japanese Navy Northern Fleet surrendered to the Americans at Mutsu Bay, Japan.|
|8 Sep 1945||Escorted by eight fighters, He Yingqin arrived in Nanjing, China by air at 0900 hours; later in the day he would meet with General Yasuji Okamura to work out the surrender ceremony details.|
|9 Sep 1945||Americans Vice Admiral Thomas Kinkaid and Lieutenant General John Hodge accepted the surrender of all Japanese forces in Korea in the General Government Building in Seoul, Korea. Unaware of previous Japanese-Korean agreements on the transfer of power, Hodge ordered the Japanese occupation administration to remain in place, triggering anger among Koreans. Realizing the mistake made in his ignorance, Hodge quickly rescinded his order. However, he refused to recognize any of the political organizations vying for power in Korea, solely relying on his own military administration to make decisions despite of his staff's less than perfect understanding of the political situation.|
|9 Sep 1945||At 0900 hours, the main Japanese surrender ceremony in China took place at the auditorium of the Central Military Academy in Nanjing, China. General Yasuji Okamura, Commander-in-Chief of Japanese Army's China Expeditionary Army, represented Japan; his delegation also included chief of staff of the China Expeditionary Army Asasaburo Kobayashi. General He Yingqin represented China. In pursuit of Chiang Kaishek's wishes to treat the Japanese with benevolence, the Chinese had wanted the ceremony to be taken place at a round table so that the Japanese representatives would be viewed as peers, but the American liaisons sent to Nanjing succeeded in preventing such a friendly gesture. General He was said to have apologized to Okamura, an old acquaintance at the Japanese Army Academy in the 1910s, for subjecting him to such an embarrassing arrangement forced by the Americans. As a part of the surrender agreement, Japanese troops in China were to remain in power to maintain order, to care for prisoners of war, and to guard important locations against Chinese Communists.|
|10 Sep 1945||USS Nicholas departed Tokyo Bay bound for Ishinomaki Bay, Japan.|
|10 Sep 1945||Japanese forces surrendered on the island of Labuan, British North Borneo.|
|11 Sep 1945||USS Nicholas arrived at Ishinomaki Bay, Japan.|
|12 Sep 1945||Japanese forces (along with Indian National Army units still attached to the Japanese Army) in Burma surrendered.|
|12 Sep 1945||The Japanese forces on Singapore officially surrendered to Louis Mountbattan of Allied South East Asia Command at the City Hall. Field Marshal Hisaichi Terauchi was unable to attend the ceremony due to health reasons, thus Seishiro Itagaki of Japanese 7th Area Army stood in as the alternate representative.|
|13 Sep 1945||At Ishinomaki Bay, USS Nicholas received aboard 250 recently freed Allied prisoners of war, 117 American, 85 Dutch, 38 Australian, and 10 British, and brought them to Tokyo Bay, Japan.|
|13 Sep 1945||Japanese forces in Burma surrendered to the Allies.|
|13 Sep 1945||Captain Hisayuki Soeda surrendered Nauru and Ocean Island surrendered to Australian troops.|
|13 Sep 1945||Japanese forces formally surrendered in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of the Federated Malay States.|
|15 Sep 1945||A British naval squadron arrived in waters off of the port of Tanjung Priok near Jakarta, Indonesia, carrying British personnel tasked with the rescue of prisoners of war and Dutch personnel tasked with the restoration of the colonial administration. Local Japanese commanders, including Admiral Todashi Maeda, immediately surrendered themselves.|
|16 Sep 1945||Japanese troops surrendered in Hong Kong at the Government House. Royal Navy Rear Admiral Cecil Harcourt represented the United Kingdom, and Navy Vice Admiral Ruitaro Fujita and Army Major General Umekichi Okada represented Japan.|
|20 Sep 1945||Lu Han arrived at Hanoi, French Indochina to begin surrender negotiations with Yuitsu Tsuchihashi.|
|21 Sep 1945||Mongolian separatist troops entered Rehe (now Chengde), Jehol Province, China, capturing 2,000 surrendered Japanese troops and their weapons. These Japanese troops would be brought against international agreement (which had it that these troops should be under the custody of the Chinese) and kept them as forced laborers until Oct 1947. These prisoners would participate in the building of the Government Building, Sukhbaatar Square, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Building, the National University of Mongolia, and others in Ulaanbaatar.|
|28 Sep 1945||Chinese General Lu Han accepted the surrender of Japanese 38th Army at Hanoi, French Indochina. The French delegation boycotted the ceremony due to the Chinese-Vietnamese joint attempt to place the French delegation far from the main ceremonies during the planning process.|
|3 Oct 1945||Chen Gongbo (Wade-Giles: Chen Kung-po), former president of the puppet Reorganized National Government of China in Nanjing, was brought from Japan to China to face trials.|
|10 Oct 1945||Hiroshi Nemoto surrendered the Japanese North China Area Army at a ceremony at the Taihe Hall of the Forbidden City in Beiping, China.|
|25 Oct 1945||The Chinese government established the Administrative Commander's Office to govern Taiwan, headed by Chen Yi. As his first official action, Chen accepted the Japanese surrender from Rikichi Ando at Taipei City Hall (now Zhongshan Hall).|
|29 Oct 1945||In Makassar, Celebes, Indonesia, nationalist fighters attacked Dutch forces and took control of a radio station. Australian troops stepped in to intervene, forcing the nationalist fighters out of the radio station after killing many.|
|1 Dec 1945||The last Japanese resistance unit in Saipan, Mariana Islands surrendered.|
|30 Jun 1951||A group of Japanese soldiers in the Mariana Islands, who had previously refused to believe that Japan had surrendered in 1945, finally surrendered to Lieutenant Commander James Johnson of the US Navy.|
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