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Tuesday, 16 December 1941

I have to inform you that the Australian Charge d'Affaireshas been instructed to inform the Imperial Japanese Government 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,8th December, 1941. (Sgd.) H. V. Evatt,

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