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declare war on

Japanese declaration of war on the United States and Britain

The declaration of war by the Empire of Japan on the United States and the British Empire document was released on December 8, 1941 (Japan time, December 7th in the United States) after the attack on Pearl Harbor was executed pre-emptively. The declaration of war was printed in the front page of all newspapers in the evening edition on December 8th. The document was printed again on the eighth day of each month throughout the war until it surrendered on September 1945 to re-affirm the resolve for the war .

Text of the document

Below is the text to the declaration of the war with the boldened texts released in the name of the Emperor of Japan:

Historical context

The document declares the war against the United States and British Empire, discusses their presumed disruptive actions against Empire of Japan's foreign policy and states that all avenues for averting war have been exhausted from the Government of Japan. Japan had invaded much of East Asia to create what they called the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere", now largely viewed as a pretext for imperialism. In response, the U.S. imposed a oil embargo on Japan in August of 1941 to preserve their control in Asia and to contain their actions, which Japan saw as an unfriendly act and prompted it to retaliate with the bombing and declare war on the two countries.

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