LH thank you for your enjoyable comments - with the 60th anniversary of Pearl Harbour on the horizon I'm sure there will be some issues to discuss then.
This site has a rundown on the last days of WW2 from a Japanese viewpoint.
It would appear that the war would have gone on for a lot longer but for the intervention of the Emperor.
Atom bomb or no Atom bomb, the hawks - not the little ones - wanted to kill as many Americans as possible
The only means left to them at that time was for the US to mount an invasion of Japan.
Germany only quit shortly after the fall of Berlin and it was thought likely, by the Allies, that Japan too would have fought on to the bitter end.
Anyhow it gives a flavour of what was going on in political circles in 1945 Japan
This thread has sped a long way from CW Spain so if anybody would like to discuss the Spanish/Afghanistan question then please steam ahead.