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WILL JAP EMPEROR RETAIN HIS THRONE?

MATTER FOR ALLIES

Cannot Be Condition Of Surrender Rec. noon. LONDON, Aug. 10. There is little doubt that the British and American Governments will permit Hirohito to retain the throne, but may insist that his retention of office cannot be made a condition of surrender, which must be unconditional, says the Daily Express political correspondent. Cabinet, in advancing carefully considered arguments favouring this course, felt that the advantages of accepting heavily outweighed the disadvantages. Hirohito, due to his godlike status, is able to order the laying down of arms of all Japanese forces. The order will be obeyed if it comes from him, but if from anyone else diehard elements might ignore it and make trouble for the United Nations, possibly precipitating civil war throughout Japan. An order from the Emperor—there is every reason to believe he will be co-opera-tive—should ensure keeping order with the minimum of Allied assistance, thus saving manpower, which may importantly affect both the speed of demobilisation and restoration of normal trade and industry.

Commons May Not Object On these grounds British and 'Americans will feel justified in allowing Hirohito to remain on the throne. There will be little or no opposition to this course in the House of Commons, according to indications last night. It may, therefore, be taken for certain that the war, for all practical purposes, has ended. Mr. Attlee and Mr. Bevin, Foreign Minister, telephoned Mr. Truman. Messages were also exchanged with Generalissimo Stalin and the Chinese Government. The Times, in a leading article, says it is probable that the statesmen now ruling Japan are conscious that the Allies understand the unique significance of the Imperial prerogative and may hesitate to accept an innocently-worded reservation. In this event the Japanese Foreign Office may attempt to bargain, urging the' magnitude of the sacrifices Japan was ready to make for peace and pleading for limited recognition of the rights of the Throne. Even should the war continue for a few more days, the Allies cannot afford to accept without the most anxious scrutiny a stipulation which might again create a threat to world peace. Whatever the precise form of the new Constitution of Japan, one thing vital not only for her own salvation but for the preservation of world peace, is that the Constitution must proceed from the people. Allied plans for the effective control of the Japanese Government are possibly sufficiently complete to enable them to frustrate intentions underlying the reservation without the necessity of specific rejection. It is enough -that they should recognise the danger lurking therein.

U.S. SUBMARINE LOST

Rec. 10 a.m. WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 The Navy has announced that the submarine Lagarto is overdue and .presumed to be lost. Her normal 'complement is 90. It is the 47th submarine lost.

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WILL JAP EMPEROR RETAIN HIS THRONE?, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 189, 11 August 1945

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WILL JAP EMPEROR RETAIN HIS THRONE? Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 189, 11 August 1945

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