Source: The Atomic Heritage Foundation | Newsletter | September 2, 2020

SEPTEMBER 2, 1945: JAPAN SURRENDERS

Seventy-five years ago, representatives of the Empire of Japan boarded the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu (wearing top hat) and General Yoshijiro Umezu, Chief of the Army General Staff, signed the official instrument of surrender. Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers General Douglas MacArthur signed next along with other Allied commanders. The ceremony took only 23 minutes and was broadcast throughout the world (click for live footage from the National Archives). The most horrific war in human history was officially over.