740.0011 P.W./916

The Australian Minister ( Casey ) to the Secretary of State

No. 266/41

Sir: I have the honour to inform you that I have been advised by my Government that the Australian Chargé d’Affaires at Tokyo has 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 of the 8th December, 1941.

I have [etc.]

R. G. Casey