When was japan willing to set up peace negotiations in World War 2?
"Japanese_Negotiations_to_end_WWII">Japanese Negotiations to end
My memory from U.S. History classes is that the United States
Government (Specifically Truman and MacArthur) insisted on
Unconditional surrender by the Japanese. TMy understanding is that
the Japanese Government was not willing to begin negotiations with
this as the starting point until after the dropping of the atomic
bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
WRONG. The Japanese were willing to make peace negotiations with
the US prior to WWII. They never wanted war with the US to begin
However, after the war had started, the Grand Alliance began to
use a motto of "unconditional surrender." This worked well in
Europe, but when the US applied this to the war in the Pacific, the
Japanese took a different meaning. The Japanese were under the
assumption that they would have to lose their emperor--someone who
was taught to the Japanese as being divine--and they wouldn't stand
However, the terms of unconditional surrender did not mean they
would have to lose the emperor. The US was informed of the Japanese
miscommunication, but the US did not attempt to tell the Japanese
of this. If they had, the war would have been over much sooner.
So, it depends on how you view it. By the terms the US had laid
out, the Japanese were willing to surrender all along.