The morning of September 2nd, 1945. The American battleship Missouri is anchored in Tokyo Bay.
The new Japanese foreign minister Shigemitsu limps on-board to sign the surrender document.
The Allied Commander, General MacArthur:
MacARTHUR (film): "I now invite the representatives of the Emperor of Japan, and the Japanese Government, and the Japanese Imperial Headquarters, to sign the instrument of surrender at the places indicated."
The foreign minister's aide, [Toshikazu] Kase, watched the ceremony:
TOSHIKAZU KASE [recording from way before 1973-74?]: I saw many thousands of sailors everywhere on this huge vessel and just in front of us the delegates of the victorious powers in military uniforms glittering with gold. And looking at them, I wondered how Japan ever thought she could defeat all those nations.
MacARTHUR (film): "Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world, and that God will preserve it always.
These proceedings are closed."
SOURCE: "The World At War", THAMES Television © 1973-74.