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Comment: I heard this story the other day and was wondering if it was
true. I tried to verify it by looking up references to it on Google, but
have not had any luck:

When the emissary of the Empire of Japan came to the table set on the deck
of a United States battleship in Tokyo Harbor to sign the documents that
would end World War II, he extended his hand to Gen. Douglas McArthur.
McArthur didn't reciprocate. Instead, he said, "Your sword first, please
sir." Only when the Japanese admiral laid his sword on the table would
McArthur shake hands.

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The website of the USS Missouri answers the question of whether or not any swords were brought onboard the ship during the formal surrender ceremony.

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No, at least there is no record of that. The Japanese delegation came aboard without swords. About a week prior, swords from the Japanese advance team were confiscated with they boarded in Sagami Wan. We can't say for sure what happened to those swords.


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I saw this ceremony on the Discovery Channel recently, and it was noticable how low-key the Japanese dress was. Several had plain business suits, and the military had very few medals or decorations. No swords were evident.

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