Surrender of Japan

Date taken: September 2, 1945
Location: Tokyo Bay, Japan

Photographer: Army Signal Corps

Historical Context

The Japanese Instrument of Surrender was the written agreement that formalized the unconditional surrender of the Empire of Japan, which marked the end of World War II.

The ceremony which lasted 23 minutes was held aboard the deck of the USS Missouri and was broadcast throughout the world.

The instrument was first signed by the Japanese foreign minister Mamoru Shigemitsu "By Command and on behalf of the Emperor of Japan and the Japanese Government" at 9:04 am.

U.S. General of the Army Douglas MacArthur accepted and signed the surrender in his capacity as Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers.

It was later also signed by representatives from the Republic of China, United Kingdom, Soviet Union, Australia, Canada, France, Netherlands and New Zealand.

Historical Events

  • 1945-09-01 V-J Day, formal surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri marks the end of WW II (US date, 2nd September in Japan)
  • 1945-09-02 V-J Day, formal surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri marks the end of WW II (Japanese date, 1st September in US)

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