June 1, 2004
Toshikazu Kase, the veteran diplomat who took part in the signing of Japan's surrender to the United States in World War II and other major events in his country's modern history, died of a heart ailment Friday, May 21, 2004, in Tokyo. He was 101. He was aboard the battleship USS Missouri as Gen. Douglas MacArthur presided at the signing of Japan's unconditional surrender to the U.S. In this photo, left to right, front row, Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu, who signed the aurrender on behalf of the Emperor, and Gen. Yoshijiro Umezu, who signed on behalf of the Imperial Japanese General Headquarters. Second row in top hats: Katsuo Okazaki and Kase. Kase was Japan's first ambassador to the United Nations and witnessed the forging of Japan's emergence as a modern power. He was educated at Amherst College and Harvard University, entered Japan's foreign ministry and was director of the North America division when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.