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Japan Surrenders, VJ-Day 60th Anniversary Banner
 VJ Day and End of World War II Remembered
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2005 – Sixty years ago today, Japanese Emperor Hirohito surrendered to the Allied forces, bringing an end to the War in the Pacific and World War II.

The Japanese government sent U.S. President Harry S. Truman a cable, delivered through the Swiss diplomatic mission here, to advise the Allies of Japan's unconditional surrender. At noon Japan standard time, Hirohito's announcement of Japan's acceptance of the Potsdam Declaration was broadcast to the Japanese people.

The day came to be known as "Victory in Japan" or "VJ" Day-a day that ended the most destructive war in history. Three months earlier, Germany surrendered to the Allies during "Victory in Europe" or "V-E" Day.

"This is the day we have been waiting for since Pearl Harbor," Truman told a crowd that gathered outside the White House after hearing news of Japan's surrender. "This is the day when fascism finally dies, as we always knew it would."

British Prime Minister Clement Atlee confirmed news of Japan's surrender in a radio broadcast. "The last of our enemies is laid low," he said.

Atlee thanked all nations who supported the effort but expressed particular appreciation to the United States, "without whose prodigious efforts the war in the East would still have many years to run." Story

  Additional Information
  • Formal Surrender of Japan, 2 September 1945
  • National Archives & Records Administration: Japan Surrenders
  • Transcript of Surrender of Japan (1945)
  • The Library of Congress: Experiencing War
  • Securing The Surrender: Marines in the Occupation of Japan
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory: Victory
  • Air Power and World War II in the Pacific
  • Unconditional Surrender, Demobilization, and the Atomic Bomb
Photo of Japanese Leaders Standing Aboard the USS Missouri Awaiting to Sign the Unconditional Surrender of  Japan.
Photo of US Pilots on the Deck of a US Carrier Cheering Beside Their Plane
Photo of  US Military Personnel And Civilian Women Reading Newspaper. Head line Reads Japan Gives Up.
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