Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Emperor Akihito participated in the memorial ceremony dedicated to the 71st anniversary of the Japan's surrender in WWII. They paid a minute of silence.
This year Abe abstained from traditional visiting of to Yasukuni Shrine, dedicated to the Japanese soldiers and commanders - this is viewed as an attempt to avoid tensions with China. He always opposed honoring individuals who were recognized by international tribunal as war criminals. However the temple was visited by dozens of MPs.
A week after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, on national radio the emperor of Japan declared Japan's surrender in WWII on August 15, 1945.
The Act of capitulation was signed aboard the American battleship in Tokyo Bay on September 2 - this date is considered the official end date of the war.