The United Kingdom's Notification of a State of War
(December 8, 1941)
[Supplement to the London Gazette, December
NOTIFICATION OF A STATE OF WAR WITH JAPAN
The following note was addressed to the Japanese Chargé d'Affaires
on the 8th December:-
On the evening of the 7th December His Majesty's Government in the
United Kingdom learnt that Japanese forces, without previous warning
either in the form of a declaration of war or of an ultimatum with a
conditional declaration of war, had attempted a landing on the coast
of Malaya and bombed Singapore and Hong Kong.
In view of these wanton acts of unprovoked aggression, committed in
flagrant violation of international law, and particularly of Article
1 of the Third Hague Convention, relative to the opening of hostilities,
to which both Japan and the United Kingdom are parties, His Majesty's
Ambassador at Tokyo has been instructed to inform the Imperial Japanese
Government in the name of His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom
that a state of war exists between the two countries.
I have, &c.
Mr. Shinichi Kamimura,
&c., &c., &c.,
Japanese Chargé d'Affaires.