End of Empire100 days in 1945 that changed Asia and the world.

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  • Work on new Japanese constitution initiated

    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.

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