740.0011 P. W./835: Telegram

The Consul General at Batavia ( Foote ) to the Secretary of State

225. At 6:30 this morning the Governor General in a broadcast to the Netherlands Indies referred to Japan’s attack on British and American territory even while negotiations were still going on in Washington, mentioned Japan’s aim to dominate this part of the world and then said, “The Netherlands Indies Government accepts this challenge and takes up arms against the Japanese Empire.”

All Japanese were rounded up and taken into custody within one hour after the official announcement that this country was at war with Japan.

All classes of the population are calm and there are no signs of fear or panic.