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Surrender of Italy, Germany and Japan, World War II
(1946)

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


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the Emperor and the Japanese Government to rule
the state shall be subject to the Supreme Commander
of the Allied powers who will take such steps as he
deems proper to effectuate the surrender terms.
"The Emperor will be required to authorize and
ensure the signature by the Government of Japan
and the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters of
the surrender terms necessary to carry out the pro-
visions of the Potsdam Declaration, and shall issue
his commands to all the Japanese military, naval and
air authorities and to all the forces under their con-
trol wherever located to cease active operations and
to surrender their arms, and to issue such other
orders as the Supreme Commander may require to
give effect to the surrender terms.
"Immediately upon the surrender the Japanese
Government shall transport prisoners of war and
civilian internees to places of safety, as directed,
where they can quickly be placed aboard Allied
transports.
"The ultimate form of government of Japan shall,
in accordance with the Potsdam Declaration, be
established by the freely expressed will of the Japa-
nese people.
"The armed forces of the Allied Powers will remain
in Japan until the purposes set forth in the Potsdam
Declaration are achieved."
Accept [etc.]
JAMES F. BYRNES
Secretary of State
Mr. MAX GRA*SSLI
Charge d'.4ffaires ad interim of
Switzerland.
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