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WORLD WAR II // 50 YEARS AGO TODAY

From newspapers of Sept. 27, 1945: For the first time in Japanese history, an emperor leaves his palace to pay a formal call on a foreigner. Emperor Hirohito meets with Gen. Douglas MacArthur for 40 minutes in the U.S. Embassy building. The subject of the talk is not disclosed. Hirohito wears formal morning attire; MacArthur wears his summer khaki uniform with shirt open at the neck and no tie. As he leaves the embassy, Hirohito bows and tips his hat to American reporters, an unprecedented action for a man whose subjects dare not even look upon him when he ventures out into public. The Japanese military is ordered to turn over all weapons and supplies to the U.S. Army. The weapons will be turned into scrap, and the other supplies will go for the relief of the civilian population. According to captured Japanese records, three of the four Doolittle fliers unaccounted for after the raid on Tokyo in 1942 were executed by firing squads near Shanghai. The fourth flier died in captivity. Yank, the Army's weekly magazine written by and for enlisted men, will end publication with its Dec. 28 issue, it is announced in Washington.

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