The Daily Populous

Friday January 24th, 2020 night edition

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The Emperor’s speech, announcing Japan’s surrender, was recorded the evening before it was broadcast.

The language of the speech was formal, as was befitting the Emperor, but consequently not the everyday Japanese that was familiar to the populace.

Moreover, the choice of words was vague: the word ‘surrender’ does not appear.

Rather, the Emperor informed his subjects that Japan must ‘pave the way for a grand peace … by enduring the unendurable and suffering what is unsufferable.’.

The broadcast was made at noon on August 15, and the public had been told in advance to listen to it.

However, the vagueness and formality of the language, combined with the relatively poor sound quality of the broadcast, left many listeners confused about the speech’s import.

Even with clarification, the reality that Japan had surrendered in a war that it had fought for years with total determination seemed impossible to many Japanese. »

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