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Japan (Acknowledgment Of Defeat)

Volume 414: debated on Thursday 11 October 1945

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asked the Prime Minister what are the principles followed by the Allied commanders in regard to the treatment of Japan; and whether he is satisfied that all steps have been taken to make the Japanese people fully aware that they have been beaten and have unconditionally surrendered.

These principles were laid down in the Potsdam Declaration of 26th July and in the Instrument of Surrender of 2nd September. With regard to the second part of the Question, I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the reply which I gave yesterday to the hon. and gallant Member for Wallasey (Captain Marples).

How can the right hon. Gentleman reconcile that reply with the Press reports one constantly sees to the effect that Allied commanders are using Japanese troops to administer liberated territory, which apparently they do with arrogance?

I am afraid I cannot attempt to reconcile my replies with Press reports.