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United States congressional serial set: surrender of Italy, Germany and Japan, World War II
(1946)

Part III. Surrender of Japan,   pp. [69]-111 ff.


Page 81

"I deem this reply a full acceptance of
the Potsdam Declaration which specifies
the unconditional surrender of Japan."
Statement by PRESIDENT TRUMAN on the Japanese notes
accepting the terms of the Potsdam Declaration.7
Washington. August 14, 1945.
I have received this afternoon a message from the
Japanese Government in reply to the message for-
warded to that Government by the Secretary of State
on August 11. I deem this reply a full acceptance
of the Potsdam Declaration which specifies the un-
conditional surrender of Japan. In the reply there
is no qualification.
Arrangements are now being made for the formal
signing of surrender terms at the earliest possible
moment.
General Douglas MacArthur has been appointed
the Supreme Allied Commander to receive the
Japanese surrender. Great Britain, Russia, and
China will be represented by high-ranking officers.
Meantime, the Allied armed forces have been
ordered to suspend offensive action.
The proclamation of V-J Day must wait upon
the formal signing of the surrender terms by Japan.
Following is the Japanese Government's mes-
sage accepting our terms:
"Communication of the Japanese Government of
August 14, 1945, addressed to the Governments of
7 Department of State Bulletin, August 19, 1945,
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