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Flying the Hinomaru or "Rising Sun" flag was initially severely restricted (although individuals and prefectural offices could apply for permission to fly it).
This restriction was partially lifted in 1948 and completely lifted the following year.
On August 28, 1945, 150 US personnel flew to Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture.
They were followed by USS Missouri, whose accompanying vessels landed the 4th Marine Division on the southern coast of Kanagawa. Mac Arthur arrived in Tokyo on August 30, and immediately decreed several laws.
On the following day, Emperor Hirohito announced Japan's unconditional surrender on the radio (the Gyokuon-hōsō).
The announcement was the emperor's first ever planned radio broadcast and the first time most citizens of Japan ever heard their sovereign's voice.
No Allied personnel were to assault Japanese people.
No Allied personnel were to eat the scarce Japanese food.
was ended by the San Francisco Peace Treaty, signed on September 8, 1951, and effective from April 28, 1952, after which Japan's sovereignty – with the exception, until 1972, of the Ryukyu Islands – was fully restored.According to John Dower, in his book Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor/Hiroshima/9-11/Iraq, the factors behind the success of the occupation were: Discipline, moral legitimacy, well-defined and well-articulated objectives, a clear chain of command, tolerance and flexibility in policy formulation and implementation, confidence in the ability of the state to act constructively, the ability to operate abroad free of partisan politics back home, and the existence of a stable, resilient, sophisticated civil society on the receiving end of occupation policies – these political and civic virtues helped make it possible to move decisively during the brief window of a few years when defeated Japan itself was in flux and most receptive to radical change.Japan surrendered to the Allies on August 14, 1945, when the Japanese government notified the Allies that it had accepted the Potsdam Declaration.The Allied occupation of Japan at the end of World War II was led by General Douglas Mac Arthur, the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers, with support from the British Commonwealth.Unlike in the occupation of Germany, the Soviet Union was allowed little to no influence over Japan.