By the Grace of Heaven, Emperor of Japan, seated on the
Throne occupied by the same Dynasty changeless through ages eternal,
To all who these Presents shall come, Greeting!
We do hereby authorise Yoshijiro Umezu, Zyosanmi, First
Class of the Imperial Order of the Rising Sun to attach his signature by command and in
behalf of Ourselves and Our Government unto the Instrument of
Surrender which is required by the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers to be
In witness whereof, We have hereunto set Our signature and
caused the Great Seal of the Empire to be affixed.
Given at Our Palace in Tokyo, this first day of the ninth
month of the twentieth year of Showa, being the two thousand six hundred and fifth year
from the Accession of the Emperor Jimmu.
| Seal of the Empire |
Signed: H I R O H I T O
Countersigned: Yoshijiro Umezu
Chief of the General Staff of the Imperial Japanese Army
Chief of the General Staff of the Imperial Japanese Navy