Public Papers of Harry S. Truman, 1945

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Author: Harry S Truman  | Date: September 24, 1945

145
Message Approved by the President Concerning the Extent of General MacArthur’s Authority in Japan.
September 24, 1945

[ Released September 24, 1945. Dated September 6, 1945 ]

1. THE AUTHORITY of the Emperor and the Japanese Government to rule the State is subordinate to you as Supreme Commander for the Allied powers. You will exercise your authority as you deem proper to carry out your mission. Our relations with Japan do not rest on a contractual basis, but on an unconditional surrender. Since your authority is supreme, you will not entertain any question on the part of the Japanese as to its scope.

2. Control of Japan shall be exercised through the Japanese Government to the extent that such an arrangement produces satisfactory resuits. This does not prejudice your right to act directly if required. You may enforce the orders issued by you by the employment of such measures as you deem necessary, including the use of force.

3. The statement of intentions contained in the Potsdam Declaration will be given full effect. It will not be given effect, however, because we consider ourselves bound in a contractual relationship with Japan as a result of that document. It will be respected and given effect because the Potsdam Declaration forms a part of our policy stated in good faith with relation to Japan and with relation to peace and security in the Far East.

NOTE: The White House release of the message stated that it was approved by the president on September 6 and was transmitted the same day to General MacArthur through the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It further stated that the message was prepared jointly by the Department of State, the War Department, and the Navy Department.

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Chicago: Harry S Truman, "145 Message Approved by the President Concerning the Extent of General Macarthur’s Authority in Japan.," Public Papers of Harry S. Truman, 1945 in Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Harry S Truman, 1945 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), Pp.589-590 Original Sources, accessed December 6, 2021, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=7ETK7N4V4KNUN6G.

MLA: Truman, Harry S. "145 Message Approved by the President Concerning the Extent of General Macarthur’s Authority in Japan." Public Papers of Harry S. Truman, 1945, in Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Harry S Truman, 1945 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), Pp.589-590, Original Sources. 6 Dec. 2021. originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=7ETK7N4V4KNUN6G.

Harvard: Truman, HS, '145 Message Approved by the President Concerning the Extent of General Macarthur’s Authority in Japan.' in Public Papers of Harry S. Truman, 1945. cited in , Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Harry S Truman, 1945 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), Pp.589-590. Original Sources, retrieved 6 December 2021, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=7ETK7N4V4KNUN6G.