We are concerned with the conjecture that the Painlevé property is a necessary condition for the integrability of nonlinear equations. Following a suggestion by lietratures (1) D. V. Chudnovsky, G. V. Chudnovsky and M. Tabor, Phys. Lett. 97A (1983), 268, and 2) A. K. Pogrebkov, Inverse Problems 5 (1989), L7), our investigations will be based on the Lax-pair which we use in Sato's sense (3) E. Date, M. Jimbo, M. Kashiwara and T. Miwa in Nonlinear Integrable Systems-Classical and Quantum Theory, ed. M. Jimbo and T. Miwa (World Scientific, Singapore, 1983), p. 39, 4) M. Jimbo and T. Miwa, Publ. RIMS, Kyoto Univ. 19 (1983), 943, 5) Y. Ohta, J. Satsuma, D. Takahashi and T. Tokihiro, Prog. Theor. Phys. Suppl. No. 94 (1988), 210). Leading orders, branch points and resonances are described for the Zakharov-Shabat equations of the KP-hierarchy. The symbolic manipulation system REDUCE, in particular its factorization algorithm for polynomials, is employed for finding the resonances. It is shown that the Painlevé structures of various nonlinear equations, which have been discussed a lot in the literature, follow from our results.