These Photos Show Japans Incredible Metamorphosis After World War II. Dancers resting on the rooftop of the SKD Theatre. Asakusa, Tokyo, 1949.

These Photos Show Japans Incredible Metamorphosis After World War II. Dancers resting on the rooftop of the SKD Theatre. Asakusa, Tokyo, 1949.

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Japanese History - The surrender of the Empire of Japan on September 2, 1945, brought the hostilities of World War II to a close. By the end of July 1945, the Imperial Japanese Navy was incapable of conducting operations and an Allied invasion of Japan was imminent.

Japanese History - The surrender of the Empire of Japan on September 2, 1945, brought the hostilities of World War II to a close. By the end of July 1945, the Imperial Japanese Navy was incapable of conducting operations and an Allied invasion of Japan was imminent.

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TOKYO — Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu, center in top hat, leads the Japanese delegation aboard the Missouri in Tokyo Bay for the signing ceremony for Japan's surrender in World War II.

TOKYO — Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu, center in top hat, leads the Japanese delegation aboard the Missouri in Tokyo Bay for the signing ceremony for Japan's surrender in World War II.

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Fat Man and Little Boy: the bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Japan, which resulted in massive destruction and the surrender of the Japanese during WWII.

Fat Man and Little Boy: the bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Japan, which resulted in massive destruction and the surrender of the Japanese during WWII.

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Japanese representatives of Emperor Hirohito sign the final surrender documents ending World War II, aboard the battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay, with General MacArthur and other Allied leaders looking on.

Japanese representatives of Emperor Hirohito sign the final surrender documents ending World War II, aboard the battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay, with General MacArthur and other Allied leaders looking on.

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Jack Sharpe was a prisoner in the Outram jail in Singapore; almost no one survived it for two years, and it was from this infamous prison that Sharpe was liberated in August 1945 with the dubious distinction of being its longest survivor. During his captivity, plagued by scurvy, dysentery and scabs, Sharpe saw his weight decreased from 70 kilograms to less than 25 kilograms. He lived to be 88.

Jack Sharpe was a prisoner in the Outram jail in Singapore; almost no one survived it for two years, and it was from this infamous prison that Sharpe was liberated in August 1945 with the dubious distinction of being its longest survivor. During his captivity, plagued by scurvy, dysentery and scabs, Sharpe saw his weight decreased from 70 kilograms to less than 25 kilograms. He lived to be 88.

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Fighter planes fly in formation over the USS Missouri, while the surrender ceremonies to end World War II take place aboard the U.S. Navy battleship, on September 2, 1945.

Fighter planes fly in formation over the USS Missouri, while the surrender ceremonies to end World War II take place aboard the U.S. Navy battleship, on September 2, 1945.

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Soviet soldiers on the bank of the Songhua River in Harbin. The Japanese-occupied city was liberated by Soviet troops on August 20, 1945. Some 700,000 Soviet troops occupied Manchuria by the time Japan surrendered, (Yevgeny Khaldei/waralbum.ru)

Soviet soldiers on the bank of the Songhua River in Harbin. The Japanese-occupied city was liberated by Soviet troops on August 20, 1945. Some 700,000 Soviet troops occupied Manchuria by the time Japan surrendered, (Yevgeny Khaldei/waralbum.ru)

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