- Apr 2010
- T'Republic of Yorkshire
Arguably though, they only continued because Stalin was still leading them on as to the possibility of a negotiated peace. Even after Potsdam, Togo was still making overtures to the Russians.Wanting peace doesn't mean accepting defeat.
The Japanese strategy to defend Japan, Ketsu-Go, was designed to end the war. It would kill and wound so many Americans they would be willing to take a ceasefire with few Japanese concessions made.
Since war is a continuation of politics by other means, the Japanese defensive strategy was a negotiating tactic.
So were the atomic bombs.
Conjecture on my part, obviously.