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.