Surrender of Italy, Germany and Japan, World War II
Part III. Surrender of Japan, pp. -111 ff.
"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, 81
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