Some of the policies adopted by the WW2 japanese army , seem to be along the lines of the ancient samurai code of Bushido. Policies such as extreme loyalty to the emperor , honor unto death and suicidal warfare.
My question is about the missing connection/link between these two era of japanese history.
How did modernization of Japan in the Early twentieth century affect the Samurai , and why was there such a strong influence of the samurai on the japanese army who followed similiar methods of warfare ?
Were there any officers in the Japanese army ,who were descendants of the samurai ? If there were such officers/soldiers , did they wear any insignia on their uniforms , to mark their samurai legacy ?
Were these officers/soldiers allowed to wield any other weapons or the samurai katana , apart from the standard issue firearms ?