Surrender of Italy, Germany and Japan, World War II
Part III. Surrender of Japan, pp. -111 ff.
Japanese armed forces, and to provide proper and adequate assurances of their good faith in such action. The alternative for Japan is prompt and utter destruction. "The Japanese Government are ready to accept the terms enumerated in the joint declaration which was issued at Potsdam on July 26, 1945 00. " fapanese offer of surrender, exchange of correspondence be- tween the Secretary of State, JAMES F. BYRNES, and max G R ASS LI, Charge' d'Affaires ad interim of Switzerland, August 10 through the 11th, 1915.2 GRXssLI Letter of August 10, 1915. AUGUST 10, 1945 SIR: I have the honor to inform you that the Japanese Minister to Switzerland, upon instructions received from his Government, has requested the Swiss Political Department to advise the Government of the United States of America of the following: "In obedience to the gracious command of His Majesty the Emperor who, ever anxious to enhance the cause of world peace, desires earnestly to bring about a speedy termination of hostilities with a view to saving mankind from the calamities to be imposed upon them by further continuation of the war, the Japanese Government several weeks ago asked the 2Department of State Bulletin, August 12, 1945. For Potsdam Declaration see preceding document. 74
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