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1-7 Imperial Rescript of the Termination of the War, August 14, 1945

 This document expressed to the people of Japan the will of the Emperor, based on the Imperial prerogative, regarding acceptance of the Potsdam Declaration. It was issued on August 14, 1945, officially pronouncing the termination of the war. On that very day, the Emperor recorded this rescript and it was broadcast on the radio to all the people of Japan at noon of the following day, August 15.

Actual Title of Source [Shusen no Shosho]
Date August 14, 1945
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Repository National Archives of Japan
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