Originally Posted by StarWarsPhreak
It is my understanding that the Japanese would have fought to their kamikaze deaths, and if they were arming children and elderly to fight, that makes them enemy combatants.
I remember watching a documentary where we could see japanese women getting katana training near the end of the war.
Simply equating the thoughts and reaction of us westerners to the ones of WWII Japan is not possible. They had a very rigid philosophy and code of honor. Surrendering is the greatest shame of a japanese warrior. When the country officially surrendered, many prefered to commit suicide instead of facing that shame.
They only gave up in the face of total annihilation. Had conventional methods been used, they probably would have kept fighting.