4 October 1945. At the end of a meeting between Japanese cabinet representatives and occupation forces GHQ, Konoe Fumimaro acting as minister of state asks General MacArthur if he has any instruction about a new government make-up. The interpreter’s reply mistakenly uses the word ‘constitution’ for ‘make-up’, leading Konoe to believe MacArthur answered that the constitution must be revised. Despite earlier Japanese opposition to such a move, legal experts under Konoe’s leadership begin to draft an amended version of the old Meiji constitution.
4 October 1945. In a memorandum to Chinese occupation authorities, Prince Phetsarath rejects the French protectorate. His aim is to broaden support from neighbouring states. Contacts are also made with Thailand through the Seri Thai, Cambodia through the Khmer Issarak, and Vietnam through the Viet Minh.