Quote Originally Posted by tantalus View Post

So as always it's a combination of many things at once and defies simple generalisation or cliche. Is it not the case that the charges usually occurred when the Japanese faced defeat anyway?, so they wasted lives instead of opportunity?

The reality is that most Japanese problems started at the grand strategic level,or from limited understanding in advances in military doctrine in the years preceding the war and everything else that follows are bad choices versus terrible choices stemming from that reality.

Often I have seen the Japansese kamikaze program as another example of Japanese folly but when you consider Japanese losses in the air before the initiation of the program, a strong case can be it was that it was an effective use of the resources at hand and delivered good results. It was just meaningless in the context of the outcome.
Well stated.

I would say there were 2 major issues which doomed Japan:

1) The ruinous rivalry between the IJN & the IJA. The Western Allies may have had interservice rivalries but nothing on the scale between those two. If they weren't fighting the Allies they may have ended up fighting each other!

2) In a word, logistics. Their logistics sucked! No ability to UNREP their fleets, poorly designed ASW doctrine and execution (which ties to their inability to transport much of anything), an inefficient arms industry and the total lack of a sustainment infrastructure to support such a far flung force.