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22nd August 1945

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In Manchuria. The Japanese Kwantung Army surrenders to Soviet forces at Harbin. Some fighting continues, however, because Japanese headquarters have been unable to contact all the divisions retreating in disorder before the Soviet ground forces. In the continuing advance, Soviet forces reach Port Arthur and Dairen. Soviet forces also capture 39 year old Pu Yi, the nominal head of the Japanese sponsored state of Manchukuo (Manchuria) who held the title Emperor Kang Teh.

In Japan. Tokyo radio announces that the Japanese government has officially disbanded the People's Volunteer Corps, the Japanese equivalent to the British Home Guard. The Japanese official news agency reports that over 70,000 people are so far known to have died and 120,000 injured in the two atomic bomb attacks.

In the Marshal Islands. The Japanese garrison on Mili Atoll capitulated in a ceremony on an American destroyer escort. This is the first time a Japanese force surrenders en masse.

In London. Prime Minister Atlee says that the atomic bomb means a naked choice between world cooperation and world destruction.

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