Japan’s Foreign Ministry burnt about 8,000 files of highly-classified documents shortly before the nation’s surrender in World War II on August 15, 1945, according to Japanese diplomatic records declassified on Thursday.
It is rare for the destruction of such records by Japanese authorities to be clearly stated in public documents. In early November in 1945, the Allied Forces’ General Headquarters began questioning senior ministry officials on the condition of the confidential materials.
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