to put it this way, the last battle of WWII was fought between the emperor's loyalists and rebels who thought that the doctrine of "protecting the emperor" could be extended to "protecting the IDEA of the emperor, even if the emperor orders against it." and this was AFTER the peace faction won and convinced the emperor to go on their side.I've encountered some reports recently that cast doubt on how willing Japan was to fight it out to the end. Read a few quotes from Eisenhower and others indicating that Japan was actually at the end of its rope before the bomb. Anyone know how well those claims stand up?
the only reason why the peace faction won was not because the atomic bombs killed so many people, but because of the impression that with the atomic bombs, the US could annihilate all of japan without the japanese being able to even fight back.
so if the US was willing to slug it out mano-a-mano, the japanese would have eagerly obliged. the propaganda in japan at the time was the "Glorious Death of 100 Million."