Japan releases master recording of emperor’s war-end speech

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TOKYO: The master recording of Emperor Hirohito’s speech announcing Japan’s World War II surrender has been brought back to life in digital form ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of the war. The Imperial Household Agency on Saturday released the original audio from the vinyl master records of Hirohito’s radio broadcast on August 15, 1945. The four-and-a-half minute speech, which was digitally remastered by the agency, has been made available to the public on the agency’s website: www.kunaicho.go.jp. In the speech the emperor announced the nation’s acceptance of the Potsdam Declaration, which demanded Japan’s unconditional surrender, pledging “to pave the way for a grand peace for all the generations to come by enduring the unendurable and suffering what is unsufferable.” The speech marked the first time most Japanese heard the emperor’s voice.

AFP

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