End of Empire100 days in 1945 that changed Asia and the world.

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  • Truman states Korean independence will take time

    18 September 1945. Although he celebrates the surrender of the Japanese forces in Seoul, saying this ‘heralds the liberation of a freedom-loving and heroic people’, the U.S. president adds that the assumption by the Koreans themselves of the responsibilities and functions of a free nation and the elimination of all vestiges of Japanese control ‘will of necessity require time and patience’.

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