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Textul documentului Noi, acionnd din ordinul i n numele mpratului Japoniei, a Guvernului Japonez i Cartierului General Imperial al Japoniei,

acceptm prevederile Declaraiei emis de efii guvernelor Statelor Unite, Chinei i Marii Britanii pe 26 iulie 1945 la Potsdam, la care a aderat ulterior URSS, aceste patru puteri sunt numite n continuare Puterile Aliate. Prin aceasta proclamm capitularea necondiionat n faa Puterilor Aliate a Cartierului General Imperial al Japoniei i a tuturor forelor armate Japoneze i a tuturor forelor armate sub control Japonez, oriunde s-ar afla ele. Ordonm tuturor forelor Japoneze oriunde s-ar afla i poporului Japonez s nceteze ostilitile, s pstreze i s salveze de la distrugere toate vasele, avioanele i proprietile militare i civile, i s se supun tuturor cerinelor care ar putea fi impuse de Comandantul suprem al Puterilor Aliate sau la ordinul acestuia, de ageniile Guvernului Japonez. Ordonm Cartierului general imperial japonez s emit de urgen ordine ctre comandanii tuturor forelor japoneze i ai tuturor forelor sub control japonez oriunde s-ar afla ele s de predea necondiionat, ei i toate forele de sub controlul lor. Ordonm tuturor oficialitilor civile, militare i navale s se supun i s aplice toate proclamaiile, ordinele i directivele considerate de Comandantul suprem al Puterilor Aliate potrivite pentru aducerea la ndeplinirea acestei capitulri i emise de el sau sub autoritatea sa, i noi ndemnm toate aceste oficialiti s rmn la posturile lor i s continue s-i ndeplineasc datoriile necombatante pn cnd vor fi eliberai n mod special de el sau de cineva de sub autoritatea sa. Prin aceasta noi ne obligm pentru mprat, guvernul japonez i succesorii lor s ndeplinim cu bun credin prevederile Proclamaiei de la Potsdam i s emitem orice ordine i s ntreprindem orice aciune care poate fi cerut de Comandantul Suprem a Puterilor Aliate sau de oricare alt reprezentant desemnat de Puterile Aliate cu scopul punerii n practic a acelei declaraii. Prin aceasta noi ordonm guvernului imperial japonez i Cartierului general imperial japonez s elibereze de ndat toi prizonierii de rzboi aliai i internaii civili aflai acum sub control japonez i s le asigure protecie, ngrijire, ntreinere i transport imediat n locurile indicate. Autoritatea mpratului i a guvernului japonez de guvernare a statului va fi supus Comandantului suprem al Puterilor Aliate, care va lua astfel de msuri pe care le consider potrivite pentru punerea n practic a termenilor acestei capitulri. Semnat n GOLFUL TOKYO, JAPONIA la 09:04 n A DOUA zi din DECEMBRIE, 1945 Mamoru Shigemitsu din ordinul i n numele mpratului Japoniei i a Guvernului Japonez Yoshijiro Umezu din ordinul i n numele Cartierului General Imperial Japonez Semnat n GOLFUL TOKYO, JAPONIA la 09:08 la 2 DECEMBRIE, 1945 de Statele Unite, Republica China, Regatul Unit i URSS i n interesul altor Naiuni Unite aflate n rzboi cu Japonia Douglas MacArthur Comandant Suprem al Puterilor Aliate C.W. Nimitz Reprezentant al SUA Hsu Yung-Ch'ang

Republicuu China Bruce Fraser Reprezentant al Regatului Unit Kuzma Derevianko Reprezentant al URSS Thomas Blamey Commonwealth of Australia Representative L. Moore Cosgrave Reprezentant al Dominionului Canada Jacques Leclerc Reprezentant al Guvernului provizoriu al Republicii Francezed C.E.L. Helfrich Reprezentant al Regatului Olandei Leonard M. Isitt Reprezentant al Dominionului Noua Zeeland Diferene ntre cele dou copii ale trataului Copia japonez a tratatului difer de cea a Aliailor prin urmtoarele:

Copia Aliailor era prezentat n coperi din piele aurit, cu sigiliile ambelor ri tiprite pe prima copert, n vreme ce copia japonez era legat n coperi din carton obinuit, fr nici un sigiliu lipit pe prima copert.

Reprezentantul canadian, L. Moore Cosgrave, a semnat greit pe un rnd mai jos dect trebuia pe copia japonez, fornd pe toi cei de sub el s semneze cu un rnd mai jos, adugndu- i iniialele lng numele lor.

The Japanese Instrument of Surrender was signed by the last Japanese representative at 9:04 AM on September 2, 1945, known as VJ day to Allied forces. Afterward, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Commander in the Southwest Pacific and Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, also signed. He accepted the Japanese surrender "for the United States, Republic of China, United Kingdom, and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and in the interests of the other United Nations at war with Japan." It marked the formal end of World War II. The document was signed on the deck of the US battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. On September 6, Colonel Bernard Theilen brought the document and an imperial rescript to Washington, DC and on the following day presented them to President Harry Truman in a formal White House ceremony. The documents were then exhibited at the National Archives. The opening paragraph illustrates the importance attached to the Japanese Emperor, while the second gets to the heart of the matter by declaring the unconditional surrender of Japan. The full text of the Instrument of Surrender read as follows: INSTRUMENT OF SURRENDER

We, acting by command of and in behalf of the Emperor of Japan, the Japanese Government and the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters, hereby accept the provisions set forth in the declaration issued by the heads of the Governments of the United States, China, and Great Britain on 26 July 1945 at Potsdam, and subsequently adhered to by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, which four powers are hereafter referred to as the Allied Powers. We hereby proclaim the unconditional surrender to the Allied Powers of the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters and of all Japanese armed forces and all armed forces under the Japanese control wherever situated. We hereby command all Japanese forces wherever situated and the Japanese people to cease hostilites forthwith, to preserve and save from damage all ships, aircraft, and military and civil property and to comply with all requirements which my be imposed by the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers or by agencies of the Japanese Government at his direction. We hereby command the Japanese Imperial Headquarters to issue at once orders to the Commanders of all Japanese forces and all forces under Japanese control wherever situated to surrender unconditionally themselves and all forces under their control. We hereby command all civil, military and naval officials to obey and enforce all proclamations, and orders and directives deemed by the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers to be proper to effectuate 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-combatant duties unless specifically relieved by him or under his authority. We hereby undertake for the Emperor, the Japanese Government and their successors to carry out the provisions of the Potsdam Declaration in good faith, and to issue whatever orders and take whatever actions may be required by the Supreme Commander for the Allied Poers or by any other designated representative of the Allied Powers for the purpose of giving effect to that Declaration. We hereby command the Japanese Imperial Government and the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters at once to liberate all allied prisoners of war and civilian internees now under Japanese control and to provide for their protection, care, maintenance and immediate transportation to places as directed. The authority of the Emperor and the Japanese Government to rule the state shall be subject to the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers who will take such steps as he deems proper to effectuate these terms of surrender. Signed at TOKYO BAY, JAPAN at 0904 I on the SECOND day of SEPTEMBER, 1945 MAMORU SHIGMITSU By Command and in behalf of the Emperor of Japan and the Japanese Government YOSHIJIRO UMEZU By Command and in behalf of the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters Accepted at TOKYO BAY, JAPAN at 0903 I on the SECOND day of SEPTEMBER, 1945, for the United States, Republic of China, United Kingdom and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and in the interests of the other United Nations at war with Japan.

DOUGLAS MAC ARTHUR Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers C.W. NIMITZ United States Representative HSU YUNG-CH'ANG Republic of China Representative BRUCE FRASER United Kingdom Representative KUZMA DEREVYANKO Union of Soviet Socialist Republics Representative THOMAS BLAMEY Commonwealth of Australia Representative L. MOORE COSGRAVE Dominion of Canada Representative JACQUES LE CLERC Provisional Government of the French Republic Representative C.E.L. HELFRICH Kingdom of the Netherlands Representative LEONARD M. ISITT Dominion of New Zealand Representative