|Japanese foreign affairs minister Mamoru Shigemitsu signs the Japanese Instrument of Surrender on board USS Missouri as General Richard K. Sutherland watches, September 2, 1945|
|The USS Missouri on the day of the signing, 2 September 1945|
|General of the Army Douglas MacArthur signing the Instrument of Surrender on behalf of the Allied Powers|
|The Japanese Instrument of Surrender (click for larger image)|
The state of war between Japan and the Allies formally ended when the Treaty of San Francisco came into force on April 28, 1952. Four more years passed before Japan and the Soviet Union signed the Soviet–Japanese Joint Declaration of 1956, which formally brought an end to their state of war.
|Representatives of Japan stand aboard USS Missouri prior to signing of the Instrument of Surrender.|