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  • Controversy over Japanese constitutional revision

    1 November 1945. The Constitutional Problems Investigation Committee, established by the Shidehara cabinet and led by Matsumoto Jōji, is now given exclusive authority over constitutional issues. This follows criticism of Konoe Fumimaro’s role in the constitutional process. Since meeting with MacArthur on 4 October in his role as acting Minister of State, Konoe has been working on revisions. With the fall of the Higashikuni cabinet, he is also Lord of the Privy Council. Due to his involvement in wartime politics, however, his role in the constitutional revision has been criticized both in Japan and abroad. Even MacArthur now distances himself from Konoe, and GHQ denies giving him any endorsement to work on the constitutional revision.

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