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7 December 1941 – 2 September 1945
(3 years, 8 months, 3 weeks and 5 days)
United States – Philippines – China – United Kingdom – India – Burma – Malaya – Australia
Canada – New Zealand – Netherlands.
Japan – Thailand.
Removal of all Japanese troops occupying parts of the Republic of China and the retrocession of Taiwan to China
Removal of all Japanese troops from the Australian-governed Solomon Islands and the territories of New Guinea and Papua.
The Pacific War saw the Allies pitted against Japan, the latter briefly aided by Thailand and to a much lesser extent by the Axis allied Germany and Italy.
The war culminated in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and other large aerial bomb attacks by the Allies, accompanied by the Soviet declaration of war and invasion of Manchuria on 9 August 1945, resulting in the Japanese announcement of intent to surrender on 15 August 1945. The formal surrender of Japan ceremony took place aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on 2 September 1945. After the war, Japan lost all rights and titles to its former possessions in Asia and the Pacific, and its sovereignty was limited to the four main home islands. Japan’s Shinto Emperor was forced to relinquish much of his authority and his divine status through the Shinto Directive in order to pave the way for extensive cultural and political reforms.