Japan releases audio of Emperor Hirohito’s surrender speech

Japan has released the original recording of Japanese Emperor Hirohito’s speech announcing the unconditional surrender of the Japanese military at the end of World War II.

The original audio of the war-ending speech was broadcast by radio on Aug. 15, 1945.

The voice on the radio 70 years ago was muffled and nearly inaudible due to poor sound quality.

Japan Imperial Household Agency succeeded in digitally re-recording the whole speech last December.

Though the new version is clearer than before, it was still hard for some people to understand because the emperor used classical language in part of the speech.

In the audio, the emperor announced to the Japanese people that the Japanese government had accepted the Potsdam Declaration demanding the unconditional surrender of the Japanese military by the United States, Britain and China — and later the Soviet Union.

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