When one's home appears to be falling, one does not run
away. Rather one repairs the bad places.
Japan is now facing a crisis. In other words, the Army
is the source of decay within your country. That the Army is deceiving you
regarding their strength is evidenced by the air raids that you have experienced
recently. Remove your war leaders and save your country!
People of Japan!
A message from President Harry S. Truman of the United States
Nazi Germany has been destroyed. You
citizens of Japan will be made aware of the tremendous offensive might of the
combined land, sea and air forces of the United States. As long as your
government officials and military leaders persist in their war efforts we will
increase our offensive posture and destroy all facilities that provide support
for your armed forces. Prolonging this war will only increase the
suffering of the people. There is nothing to be gained for the
people. However, we will continue our offensive until the Japanese army
throws down its weapons and surrenders unconditionally. Surrender will
destroy the power of the military leaders who have brought the Japanese people
to the brink of disaster and untold suffering to the soldiers and sailors whom
you love. Surrender will also permit them to return to their farms and
workplaces. Surrender WILL NOT mean a life of slavery for you.
You can understand the frightening reality by
seeing the destruction caused in Hiroshima by one bomb.
United States hopes that you will plead with the Emperor to end this war so that
it will not be necessary to use many atom bombs.
President of the United States hopes that the thirteen articles will be approved
quickly and that peace can come to the new Japan.
must suspend armed opposition immediately. Otherwise, the United States
will use the atom bomb in addition to the superior weapons available to
permanently end this war.
Evacuate the cities