Emperor Hirohito: Imperial Rescript on Surrender of Japan(1945)
To Our Good and Loyal Subjects:
After pondering deeply the general trends of the world and the actual conditions obtaining in Our Empire today, We have decided to effect a settlement of the present situation by resorting to an extraordinary measure.
We have ordered Our Government to communicate to the Governments of the United States, Great Britain, China and the Soviet Union that Our Empire accepts the provisions of their Joint Declaration.
To strive for the common prosperity and happiness of all nations as well as the security and well-being of Our subjects is the solemn obligation which has been handed down by Our Imperial Ancestors and which lies close to Our heart.
Indeed, We declared war on America and Britain out of Our sincere desire to ensure Japan’s self-preservation and the stabilization of East Asia, it being far from Our thought either to infringe upon the sovereignty of other nations or to embark upon territorial aggrandizement.
But now the war has...
“Imperial Rescript on Surrender of Japan.” World War II Database Web site. http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=13. Transmitted by Domei and Recorded by the Federal Communications Commission, August 14, 1945.
Hirohito as a young man, ca. 1918 (Library of Congress)View Full Size