Maj. Gen. Imal Takeo, deputy chief of staff for Gen. Okamura, the supreme commander of Japanese Expeditionary forces in China,
boards his plane after the surrender conference with Allied chiefs at Chihkiang.
The plane, a commercial version of the "Sally," reminded many of the C-47.
Japanese officials and interpreters talk in the foreground.
Japan Surrender Agents Meet Allies at Chihkiang
By Rus Walton
Chihkiang, China - Like characters from a movie were the Japanese envoys who stepped from their plane to attend the initial meeting
in Allied-Japanese surrender negotiations here.
Neatly attired in OD gabardine uniforms, their faces, like their clothes, did not develop a new wrinkle nor change expression throughout the day.
As the twin-engined commercial version of a "Sally" came over the end of the runway to land, it passed hundreds of Chinese coolies
straining at building an addition to the landing strip.
When the Japanese plane, wings blazing with red meatballs, taxied back, it passed rows of pursuit ships, transports and bombers.
These were the planes, these were the men - Chinese and American - that had roamed the skies, blasting Jap planes from the air.
For the first time many GIs were seeing Japanese in the flesh and in many minds the seven Japanese envoys symbolized all
that they had been fighting.
Mixed with their feeling of bitter hatred was curiosity - a natural GI trait.
Bulbs flashed and camera shutters clicked at the visitors were led from their plane to the waiting jeeps and driven down the
hot and dusty roads.
Spectators sweated with the heat of the day.
It was much better for the Japs, but their expressions - stony faces that stared straight ahead - never changed.
Not once did they look.
The Chinese and Americans were complete masters of the situation.
When the meeting drew to a close it was apparent they had wasted no words.
Many remembered the battles lost during the long eight years of war in China and let that memory permeate the elation
over the final victory.
Perhaps the Japs were aware of that also.
Perhaps they remembered when, not too long ago, they had been able to sweep through almost any part of China, bothered only by the
"magnetic attacks" of Chinese guerillas.
It is possible, too, that they wondered how two atomic bombs could wreak such havoc and hasten the already imminent end of their
"sphere of co-prosperity."
Third Fleet Moves Into Tokyo Bay
Airborne Occupation Men Land at Atsugi Tuesday
While thousands of Allied prisoners of war cheered carrier-based planes that roared in low over Japan, the vanguard of a huge occupation fleet
steamed from Sagrand bay into Tokyo bay Tuesday morning.
Led by the U.S. cruiser San Diego, the Allied armada dropped anchor off the Japanese naval base of Yoksobuka.
Engineers Clean Up
Earlier, engineers and communications and air corps specialists had arrived at Atsugi airfield, 15 miles south of Tokyo.
Forty-eight heavily armed planes carried the first occupation forces to ready the airfield for the arrival of Gen. Douglas MacArthur.
Engineers will improve the water supply and co-ordinate transportation, and the communications men will seize all
communications facilities, including harbor and airfield radar equipment.
Meanwhile, Gen. MacArthur has announce that U.S. troops will be landed at Yokohama and other Japanese ports on Sept. 1.
American forces are also scheduled to land in Korea, according to a CBS correspondent in Manila.
In Tokyo bay, the occupation fleet, under command of Rear Adm. Oscar C. Badger, consists of 112 warships and numerous auxiliary craft.
The fleet had dropped anchor in Sagami Bay the day before and sent minesweepers into Tokyo Bay to determine feasibility of bringing in the rest
of the fleet.
When Gem. MacArthur arrives at Atsugi airfield on Thursday, he will take over Emperor Hirohito's palace, near the coast on Sagami Bay,
for his general headquarters, according to a dispatch from Adm. Halsey's Third Fleet.
Estimates of the time it would take to occupy Japan indicated that it might be a lengthy affair.
A dispatch from Okinawa states that it might take as long as five months to complete occupation plans.
As the fleet and aircraft moved in on Japan, Tokyo radio repeatedly advised the Japanese to remain calm "and thereby
relieve his Majesty's worries."