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Modern Japan and Shinto nationalism;: A study of present-day trends in Japanese religions
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In fact their true minimum condition was "preservation of the 'kokutai'", translated variously as "National Polity", "National Structure", "National Essence", or other similar locutions.
This was reflected in the wording of their original message tentatively accepting the Potsdam Proclamation with the understanding that "the said Declaration does not comprise any demand which prejudices the prerogatives of His Majesty as a sovereign ruler."
To understand what those prerogatives were, the implications thereof, and why it would have been a travesty for the Allies to accept surrender with that condition, one must understand radical Shinto ultranationalism and what 'kokutai' really meant. This book is an excellent source of the necessary background.