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FINAL REPLY STILL AWAITED

Call To Surrender JAPANESE BELIEVED SPARRING FOR TIME N.|.P.A.—Copyright.—Rec. 2 p.m. NEW YORK, August 13. No word has yet been received from the Japanese Government relating to the Allied reply to Japan's offer of surrender. "There is absolutely no truth in the report that Japan has accepted the Allied surrender terms," said a White House statement late last night, after a false alarm had sent a stir of excitement round the world. The Domei news agency claimed in a broadcast over Tokyo radio that the text of the Allied reply to the Japanese Government was received through the Swiss Legation in Washington only to-day. Swiss radio, quoting the Swiss Foreign Office, declared that the Domei agency report that Japan received the Allied reply today was untrue. Japan confirmed at 9.35 a.m. yesterday the receipt of the Allied reply. The Allied reply was transmitted through the Japanese Minister to Berne and not through the Swiss Legation in Tokyo. The White House secretary, Mr. Charles G. Ross, said no time limit was set by the Allies for the Japanese reply. He did not know whether another ultimatum would be issued. Operators at the Geneva radio station to-day are standing by waiting for news. At the Swiss Foreign Office, officials are standing by ready to receive the Japanese Minister when he arrives with the Japanese reply for transmission to the Governments of America, Britain, Russia and China. Admiral Nimitz, on board a British battleship off Tokyo, invited the Japanese authorities to establish contact with his headquarters on Guam by radio if they need means of communication, reports Reuters correspondent with the British Pacific Fleet. Washington generally is sceptical about the accuracy of the Domei news agency report that Japan only received the Allied Note to-day and considered that it indicates that Tokyo is sparring for time. One official remarked that the document could have been flown to Tokyo by carrier pigeon and still been delivered to Cabinet before this morning. Experts on Oriental affairs to-day suggested two possible reasons for Japan's delay in replying to the Allies—squabbling in the Japanese Cabinet and consultations with field commanders to determine whether Tokyo could guarantee their surrender. The possibility that Tokyo might be consulting Japanese field commanders is suggested by the fact that the Allied terms stated that the Emperor would be used to issue orders tp lay down arms. Some military experts in Washington are not sure that Japanese troops on by-passed islands and in isolated strongholds would not fight on fanatically. The Emperor's reputation as a "Supreme Being" might be distinctly tarnished if he could not get his field commanders to obey orders to cease fighting. Tokyo radio says the Foreign Minister, Togo, again reported to the Emperor at 4.10 p.m. (Tokyo time) to-day. Tokyo radio says the newspaper Mainichi eulogised the Emperor Hirohito's brother, Prince Nobuhito Takamatsu.

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FINAL REPLY STILL AWAITED, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 191, 14 August 1945

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FINAL REPLY STILL AWAITED Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 191, 14 August 1945

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