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August 31, 1945

THE SPRINGFIELD UNION, Springfield, Massachusetts, August 31, 1945

* U.S. occupation of Japan begins
* General Douglas MacArthur
* USS Missouri (Big Mo) in Tokyo Bay

This 20 page newspaper has a five column headline on the front page: "OCCUPATION OF JAPAN IS PROCEEDING RAPIDLY" with subheads. This is coverage on the initial occupation Japan with the United States Navy entering Tokyo Bay. The official signing of surrender would take place the next day on board the USS Missouri.

Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Good condition.

wikipedia notes: At the end of World War II, Japan was occupied by the Allied Powers, led by the United States with contributions also from Australia, India, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. This foreign presence marked the first time in its history that the island nation had been occupied by a foreign power.

Douglas MacArthur arrived in Tokyo on August 30, and immediately decreed several laws: No Allied personnel were to assault Japanese people. No Allied personnel were to eat the scarce Japanese food. Flying the Hinomaru or "Rising Sun" flag was initially severely restricted (although individuals and prefectural offices could apply for permission to fly it). The restriction was partially lifted in 1948 and completely lifted the following year.

Category: The 20th Century