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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Peace Treaty with Japan (1951)

Mika Hayashi

Subject(s):
Peace treaties — Occupation — Armed conflict — Self-defence — Since World War II — Specific treaties — Treaties, interpretation — Treaties, application

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 In 1941, Japan entered World War II on the side of the Axis Powers, expanding the theatre of the war to the Pacific and South East Asia, and kept fighting its war even after the German defeat in May 1945. The Japanese decision to surrender was made after the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by atomic bombs in August 1945 ( Nuclear Weapons and Warfare ), as well as the Soviet decision to enter the war against Japan in spite of the Pact of Neutrality between the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and Japan ([signed 13 April 1941, entered into force 25 April...
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