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Surrender of Italy, Germany and Japan, World War II

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

Page 90

(2) We hereby proclaim the unconditional sur-
render to the Allied Powers of the Japanese Imperial
General Headquarters and of all Japanese armed
forces and all armed forces under Japanese control
wherever situated.
(3) We 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 Govern-
ment at his direction.
(4) We hereby command the Japanese Imperial
General Headquarters to issue at once orders to the
commanders of all Japanese forces and all forces
under Japanese control, wherever situated, to surren-
der unconditionally themselves and all forces under
their control.12
(5) We hereby command all civil, military, and
naval officials to obey and enforce all proclamations,
orders, and directives, deemed by the supreme com-
mander for the Allied Powers to be proper to effectu-
ate 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-
combat duties unless specifically relieved by him or
under his authority.
(6) We hereby undertake for the Emperor, the
Japanese Government, and their successors to carry
out the provisions of the Potsdam declaration in good
12 For instruments of Surrender in other areas-Philippine Islands, September 3,
1945; Korea, September 9, 1945; South East Asia, September 12, 1945-see, The End
of the War in the Pacific. National Archives Publication No. 46-6. Washington.
Government Printing Office, 1945.

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