On the 15th, it was the Memorial Day For The End Of the WWII.
No ordinary Japanese had known this, on that day they’ve told to come in front of the radio, then (secretly recorded) emperor’s voice started. It was difficult to hear what he meant(I hear quality of broadcast was not good) but grown-up understood the war was over, some began to sob. Children sensed that by watching adults.
BTW, my grandfather who passed away 3 years ago in the age of 101
was once served Army. He fought against China in Japan-China War, he didn’t talk about it much but perhaps desperate for participating the war. He lost his men in the battle, as well as Chinese enemy. He used to live in China(Manchuria) and missed there in later life.
In the WWII he was in the intelligent sector.
After the war he got married and became a farmer, broke the land alone and made it to rice fields or veggie fields. He was late 30s then. There were lots of critical moments when rice for family was gone then. When we visited, both of grandparents looked very happy, my grandfather let us ride his tractor, gave us lots of vegetables or fruits.
But in the calm and happy life, he could never forget about the war. Used to read lots about it alone and silently, and according to my mother, one day he just said “how absurd!”.
I hear even among Nazi members there were family oriented men. I’m not saying every Japanese soldiers were actually good men(But too much exaggerated in bad way, especially in the film industry, I suppose). Just saying in every country involved in every war, there are some portion of honest people and they suffer for a long time after the war. In that sense, I’m proud of him being such a hard-working, modest, honest and thoughtful person.
Lastly, my grandmother already sensed that Japan was losing the war around in 1945. Perhaps it’s not only her thinking in that way.
Below link has extensive information about the war.