Japan, surrender of
on August 10, 1945, after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Soviet declaration of war against Japan, Japanese emperor Hirohito issued a statement of surrender. President Harry S. Truman accepted Japan's surrender on August 15, 1945. The Japanese signed formal surrender documents at a ceremony on September 2, 1945, aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. It signified the ending of World War II.