Japanese Navy Vice Admiral Ruitaro Fujita signing the Instrument of Surrender of Japanese forces in and around Hong Kong, Government House, Hong Kong, 16 Sep 1945

Caption   Japanese Navy Vice Admiral Ruitaro Fujita signing the Instrument of Surrender of Japanese forces in and around Hong Kong, Government House, Hong Kong, 16 Sep 1945 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseNational Archives of the United Kingdom
Identification Code   CO 1069-456-7
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Photos on Same Day See all photos dated 16 Sep 1945
Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 1 Sep 2016

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
23 Sep 2016 03:59:36 PM

The British photographic section made a point to record that it took Fujita five minutes to sign the document using Japanese characters. Standing beside Fujita is someone identified only as Mr. Makimura, former commissioner for Foreign Affairs and the first Japanese envoy to contact British Admiral Harcourt aboard the flagship HMS Indomitable. At back center is Navy Captain JAS Eccles, head of Military Administration; he was fluent in Japanese and was responsible for many of the surrender arrangements. Notice also that this is the same scene but from 180-degrees across the room as in Image http://ww2db.com/image.php?image_id=16765 and the photographer who took each photo can be seen in the other.

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