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COUNTING DOWN TO THE END OF WAR IN JAPAN

BY SALLY MACDONALD
Seattle Times staff reporter

Japanese diplomats were discussing the possibility of defeat in World War II even before the Germans surrendered in May 1945, bringing an end to the war in Europe.

But before the politicians could settle the matter, the Americans brought the war to their doorstep with months of conventional bombing of dozens of cities, followed by the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima, Aug. 6, 1945, and Nagasaki three days later.

Here are some events in the summer of 1945 that accompanied, if not hastened, the end of the war with Japan.

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