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Nagasaki was the tipping point for Gen. Anami Korechika, War Minister. The Big Six cabinet ministers had been split 4-2 regarding surrender, but he changed his mind when his aide reported the second city destroyed by a single bomb. This made the split 3-3 and the Prime Minister was able to report to the Emperor that the Liaison Conference was unable to present a recommendation and asked Hirohito to give his opinion on surrender. His Imperial vote made it 4-3 for surrender, the first time the Emperor had been in a position to vote.
Japan’s Longest Day, by the Pacific War Research Society, gives greater detail if you’re interested.
I’m always amazed at how much stuff remained standing. Like the whole city is destroyed, but a random telephone pole is still up.
How the hell did they rebuild this?