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08-15-2010, 01:34 PM
Aug. 15, 1945 is the official date of V-J Day, or Victory over Japan Day. V-J Day followed Victory in Europe Day by three months, and with the surrender of Japan who was the last axis power remaining,V-J Day marks the end of World War II.

At noon Japan standard time, Aug. 15, 1945, the Imperial Rescript on Surrender speech by Emperor Hirohito stated Japan's acceptance of the Potsdam Declaration and was broadcast to the Japanese people via radio. The declaration stated that if Japan did not surrender and agree to the terms, "They would face prompt and utter destruction." Earlier
the same day, the Japanese advised the Allies of their surrender by
sending a cable to U.S. President Harry S. Truman. (Note: In U.S. time
zones the date was Aug. 14th.)