As early as mid-1943, the strategic political and military leadership on both sides began to see the inevitability of a U.S. victory over Japan. The combatants each sought an end on terms favorable to their respective national interests: the United States pushed relentlessly for unconditional surrender, while Japan sought to force a negotiated settlement. What were the factors and actions that led from military victory to a conditional surrender that set the conditions for a smooth transition to postwar stability in Japan?
Shuster, Richard J. and Shimodaira, Takuya
"Conditional Surrender—Conflict Termination in the Pacific, 1945,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 73
, Article 9.
Available at: https://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol73/iss3/9