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where is end of ww2 signature book 2009/9/22 18:10
where is the japanses owned book which both sides signed to bring peace in 1945? can we see it?
by nicholas (guest)  

. 2009/9/22 19:22
It is inside the Tokyo Edo Museum in Tokyo.


Pay close attention to the Canadian Representative's Signature, he signed on the wrong line causing a chain effect of signatories signing on the wrong lines.

The US version has this corrected.
by ExpressTrain (guest) rate this post as useful

Kept by Diplomatic Record Office of MOFA 2009/9/23 06:26
You mean the Japan-owned book of the document which was signed on 2 September 1945, right?
The document is called "Instrument of Surrender" [ koufuku bunsho in Japanese].
It directly states nothing about peace among the related countries, and it is not a general agreement as to the ending of World War 2.
Strictly it does not have a book of U.S. version, because it's not just a Japan - U.S.A. agreement. The other book of it was made for the Allied, not for U.S.A. only.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs [MOFA] of Japan....
: The Japan-owned book of "Instrument of Surrender" is kept by the Diplomatic Record Office of the MOFA.
: A replica of the Japan-owned book is on display at an exhibition room in the annex to the Office.
: The book had some country names corrected after the ceremony, at which the representative for Canada signed in a wrong place, causing representatives of three other countries to sign in wrong lines.

- Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Qs and As on diplomatic records: postwar years of Showa - page in Japanese
- Diplomatic Record Office [ gaikou shiryou-kan ] of the MOFA - page in Japanese
: Open: 10:00 - 17:30.
: Closed: Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays, extra closed days.
(Check on the phone before visiting that it does not fall on a closed day.)

by omotenashi rate this post as useful

. 2009/9/23 19:02
Then what's on display at the 5F of the Edo Tokyo Museum, a copy or the real item that was moved there?
by ExpressTrain (guest) rate this post as useful

Instrument of Surrender 2009/9/23 23:21
The Instrument of Surrender is at the Edo-Tokyo Museum like ExpressTrain states, the original copy.
by Guest (guest) rate this post as useful

Exhibitions not the same in Edo-Tokyo 2009/9/24 03:08
Presumably the both items are replicas: the one is on display in the annex to Diplomatic Record Office of the MOFA, and the other was found by ExpressTrain at the 5F of Edo-Tokyo Museum.
Considering what the Office / the Museum exists for, I suppose it's more highly probable that the original book is kept by the Office than by the Museum.

The web site of Edo-Tokyo Museum suggests
: Items on Permanent Exhibition are changed twice a month.
: At its 5F the Museum has not only large two zones for Permanent Exhibition but also a smaller zone named "Second Special Exhibits Gallery" for exhibitions on particular theme(s), which are arranged 7 or 8 times in a year.

If the original book were considered to be an item which could be on easy-contact exhibitions, like those in Edo-Tokyo Museum, then the MOFA would not have needed to prepare its replica for visitors to the Office, I think.

by omotenashi rate this post as useful

. 2009/9/24 06:58
Government websites are known for their up-to-date ness aren't they.


I'll contact the edo-museum and ask them directly.

by ExpressTrain (guest) rate this post as useful

A replica could be enough. 2009/9/24 20:31
The Qs & As page (by the MOFA) was modified for the last time at 2009-04-01T01:32:32, according to the time stamp. If so, the page is less than 6 months old; new enough, isn't that?

Anyway, I presume the purpose of the original question is to know where and how to see the Japan-owned book, regardless of whether the item is a real book or a replica.

by omotenashi rate this post as useful

Book 2009/9/25 10:55
omotenashi, the ORIGINAL is at the Edo-Tokyo Museum and is part of a permanent setting. It's not listed as a replica like many other items and you can get additional information there on it.

I recommend you actually visit the museum rather than relying on copying and pasting answers. It's a very interesting place and they always has fresh new exhibitions to keep it interesting
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