Gyokuon-hōsō

429px-ImperialSurrenderRescript

The hardships and sufferings to which Our nation is to be subjected hereafter will be certainly great. We are keenly aware of the inmost feelings of all of you, Our subjects. However, it is according to the dictates of time and fate that We have resolved to pave the way for a grand peace for all the generations to come by enduring the unendurable and suffering what is insufferable.

-Emperor Hirohito, surrender of Japan, 1945-

I seldom feel anything when people make speeches, because mainly it is fake and the words mean very little. But this, the Surrender Rescript of the Emperor, is of great moment, is not fake, and therefore is very moving.

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