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The Imperial rescript ending the War


At a council meeting in presence of the Emperor on August 14, the 20th year of Showa (1945), acceptance of Potsdam Declaration was decided and an Imperial Edict was issued. The Rescript was signed by the Prime Minister Suzuki Kantaro. At noon on following day, August 15, radio broadcast of the Emperor of announcement of Japan of surrender was made and an official notification of Cabinet was read. The notification informed the public that Imperial decision was made and declared determination to regain national dignity, warning against internal strifes and rash, blind actions. Draft Imperial Edict and draft Cabinet notification are contained in Kobun Ruishu Vol. 69 (Various Official Records Compilations)