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[Title] Communications Exchanged in Connection with Surrender, Communication of the Japanese Government of August 14 Addressed to the Governments of the United States, Great Britain, the Soviet Union and China

[Date] August 14, 1945
[Source] Nichibei kankei shiryo-shu 1945-97, p.14. Nihon senryo oyobi kanri juyo bunsho-shu, vol.1, gaimusho tokubetsushiryoka-hen, 1949, pp.13-18.
[Full text]

1. His Majesty the Emperor has issued an Imperial Rescript regarding Japan's acceptance of the provisions of the Potsdam Declaration.

2. His Majesty the Emperor is prepared to authorize and ensure the signature by his Government and the Imperial General Headquarters of the necessary terms for carrying out the provisions of the Potsdam Declaration. His Majesty is also prepared to issue his commands to all the military, naval, and air authorities of Japan and all the forces under their control wherever located to cease active operations, to surrender arms, and to issue such other orders as may be required by the Supreme Commander of the Allied forces for the execution of the above-mentioned terms.