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  • Tokyo, Japan
    Sunday Aug 12, 1945
    Hirohito

    The Emperor informed the imperial family of his decision to surrender

    Tokyo, Japan
    Sunday Aug 12, 1945

    On August 12, 1945, the Emperor informed the imperial family of his decision to surrender. One of his uncles, Prince Yasuhiko Asaka, asked whether the war would be continued if the kokutai (national polity) could not be preserved. The Emperor simply replied "Of course."




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