Japanese POW’s located on the island of Guam, bow their heads after hearing Emperor Hirohito announce on the radio—for the first time in the history of Japan and Hirohito’s reign—of the unconditional surrender of all Japanese forces in the Pacific..
Emperor | | As the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII, Gen. Fellers is tasked with deciding if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal. Influencing his ruling is his quest to find Aya, an exchange student he met years earlier in the U.S.
Japanese History - The surrender of the Empire of Japan on September 2, 1945, brought the hostilities of World War II to a close. By the end of July 1945, the Imperial Japanese Navy was incapable of conducting operations and an Allied invasion of Japan was imminent.