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Tuesday, 16 December 1941

Telegram dated9th December, 1941, from Commonwealth Minister of State for External Affairs to Charge D'affaires, H.M. Australian Legation, Tokyo.

You are instructed to inform the Imperial Japanese Government immediately that a state of war exists and has existed between His Majesty's Government in the Commonwealth of Australia and the Imperial Japanese Government as from 5 o'clock in the afternoon, 9 th December, 1941.

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