168 Evatt to Bruce

Cablegram 178 CANBERRA, 10 August 1945

MOST IMMEDIATE

Reference radio reports Japanese acceptance of surrender. We assume that no reply will be sent by the United Kingdom Government until full information is communicated to Australian Government and our reply received in London. Recent telegrams received indicate that our views will be considered [1] but we have no real assurance that decisions prior to consultation will not be made.

This matter is of vital importance to us.

1 Cablegram D1395, dispatched 8 August (on file AA : A816, 102/301/16, i) requested the Commonwealth Govt's views on the treatment of Japan and the maintenance of certain functions by a Japanese administration after the surrender. See also Document 134.

[AA : M100, AUGUST 1945]