The 70th Anniversary of the End of the Second World War.

This is the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII.

s212246From an article written by C. Peter Chen as seen in an internet search of Japan’s surrender:
“With the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki destroyed by atomic weapons, the will of the Japanese leadership was tested. Then came the news that the Soviet Union declared war on Japan, with troops crossing into northeastern China an hour later. These three reasons led to Emperor Showa’s decision to break the deadlock at his council which debated fruitlessly whether or not to respond to the Allies’ call for unconditional surrender. The Emperor said at the Imperial conference:

“Continuation of the war does not promise successful conclusion no matter from what angle the situation is considered. Therefore I have decided, without suggestions from anyone, to order the conclusion of the war, as I cannot endure the thought of having to kill tens, evens hundreds of thousands of my subjects, and moreover to have to be called the disturber of world peace. Moreover, it is extremely difficult for me to have to turn over to the Allied authorities officers and men upon whom I have depended all this time as though they were part of my own body. But I have decided to endure what is unendurable and to accept the terms of the Potsdam Declaration.”

As of this month of August 2015, 70 years have passed since the Japanese surrender on August 14th, 1945. It was heard on Japanese radio that the Emperor was ready to accept the terms of the Potsdam Declaration. That Declaration was signed in Potsdam, Germany by the allies, and had to do with the terms of Japan’s surrender and the policy to follow the war (Keep in mind, Germany had surrendered on May 7th of the same year 1945). The Emperor ‘s message went on the radio officially with the announcement of surrender a day later on the 15th, and the formal surrender on the battleship Missouri on September the 2nd, 1945.

In the past 70 years the country of Japan has made friends with the United States and the allies of WWII.

From “Addendum 2015 – The Honor Flight – The 70th Anniversary of Iwo Jima – Okinawa – The End of the War, Peace and Hope” as written (by this author) in “Pain and Purpose in the Pacific”: “Toward an Alliance of Hope” – On Wednesday, April 29, 2015 the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe Was invited to Address a Joint Meeting of the U.S. Congress. During that meeting in which the Prime Minister highly complimented members of Congress and Ambassadors that have visited Japan, he also mentioned the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. The Prime Minister said:

“Before coming over here, I was at the World War II Memorial. It was a place of peace and calm that struck me as a sanctuary. The air was filled with the sound of water breaking in the fountains.
“In one corner stands the Freedom Wall. More than 4,000 gold stars shine on the wall. I gasped with surprise to hear that each star represents the lives of 100 fallen soldiers. I believe those gold stars are a proud symbol of the sacrifices in defending freedom. But in those gold stars, we also find the pain, sorrow, and love for family of young Americans who otherwise would have lived happy lives.

“Pearl Harbor, Bataan Corregidor, Coral Sea…. The battles engraved at the Memorial crossed my mind, and I reflected upon the lost dreams and lost futures of those young Americans. History is harsh. What is done cannot be undone. With deep repentance in my heart, I stood there in silent prayers for some time. My dear friends, on behalf of Japan and the Japanese people, I offer with profound respect my eternal condolences to the souls of all American people that were lost during World War II.

Then wiUSS MissouriKissFlagsth gratitude the Prime Minister talks of another great tragedy in Japan’s history.
“And that day, March 11, 2011, a big quake, a tsunami, and a nuclear accident hit the northeastern part of Japan. The darkest night fell upon Japan. But it was then we saw the U.S. armed forces rushing to Japan to the rescue at a scale never seen or heard before. Lots and lots of people from all corners of the U.S. extended the hand of assistance to the children in the disaster areas.
“Yes, we’ve got a friend in you. Together with the victims you shed tears. You gave us something, something very, very precious. That was hope, hope for the future.

“Ladies and gentlemen, the finest asset the U.S. has to give to the world was hope, is hope, will be, and must always be hope. Distinguished representatives of the citizens of the United States, let us call the U.S.-Japan alliance, an alliance of hope.

“Let the two of us, America and Japan, join our hands together and do our best to make the world a better, a much better, place to live.

“The Alliance of hope…. Together, we can make a difference.”
“Thank you so much.”

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