JAPANESE OFFER Australian Attitude To The Emperor's Status N.Z. Press Association —Copyright Rec. 1. MELBOURNE, this day. The Japanese Government's offer to surrender, provided the Emperor's prerogative is not changed, was entirely unacceptable to the Australian Government, said a statement broadcast in the name of the Minister of External Affairs, Dr. Evatt He emphasised that it had not been accepted by the British, American, Chinese or Soviet Governments. Dr Evatt said the Allied reply to Japan declared that the Emperor must authorise and endure the signing of the surrender and after the surrender be completely subject to the authority of the Allies One great advantage- of this would be that the Emperor would be fully associated with the military disaster which had overtaken Japan. This would help to texplode the myth of tiie supernatural character of the Imperial Throne. ,hf Dr AUe S n sa M ? V^ m ?4 Hr as "^v» nne in Japan, whatever his rank or fo+inn should be given immunity fSm proved responsibility for the the Japanese people. Owing to the shipping shortage ~ir£>triation of Australians not th a e n +P d P for occupation or policing y?sTand the evacuation to Japan d ? enemy forces is SpeSS to be a fairly protracted undertaking.
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"UNACCEPTABLE", Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 190, 13 August 1945
"UNACCEPTABLE" Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 190, 13 August 1945
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