Originally Posted by 4Corners
They had due time to surrender though, they didn't. That was a dumb move.
Many historians disagree. The schock of the atomic bomb was huge and the consequences must have been hard to fathom. Furthermore the jap decisionmaking had to go through the emperor and since we are dealing with a people wanting to die kamikaze style rather than surrendering, it is in my view understandable that a capitulation without a fight, is a difficult decision to make.