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Excerpts of Emperor Hirohito’s Surrender Broadcast With PM-V-J Day-War’s End

July 31, 1985

TOKYO (AP) _ Here in the official translation from the Japanese are excerpts of the broadcast at 4 p.m. (Japan time), Aug. 15, 1945, by Emperor Hirohito announcing the surrender of Japan in World War II:

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 that has been handed down by Our Imperial Ancestors, and which We lay close to 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 developed not necessarily to Japan’s advantage.

Moreover, the enemy has begun to employ a new and most cruel bomb, the power of which to do damage is indeed incalculable, mercilessly spreading injury and massacre through an innocent population.

Should we continue to fight, it would not only result in an ultimate collapse and obliteration of the Japanese nation, but it would lead to the total extinction of human civilization.

Such being the case, how could We then protect Our countless subjects, who are to Us as newborn children? How could We atone for Ourselves before the hallowed spirits of Our Imperial Ancestors?

When Our thoughts revert to those officers and men as well as others who have fallen in the fields of battle, or died at their posts of duty, or those who met with untimely death, and all their bereaved families, We feel Our five viscera break.

It is Our wish to open an era of grand peace for the generations to come, by suffering the insufferable, bearing the unbearable.

Having been able to maintain and safeguard the structure of the Imperial State, and relying upon your sincerity and integrity, We will always be with you, Our loyal and good subjects.

Let the entire nation continue as one family from generation to generation, ever firm in its faith in the imperishableness of the Land of the Gods, mindful of its heavy responsibility and the length of the road it must travel.

Unite your total strength for the construction of the future. Cultivate the ways of rectitude. Foster nobility of spirit, and swear to enhance the innate glory of the Imperial State, resolved to keep pace with the progress of the world.

May you, Our subjects, be the incarnation of Our will.

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