Roosevelt--- in a personal note to the Japanese envoys in Washington---asked Tokyo for an explanation of the Japanese troop build-up in Indochina. The President said. "The stationing of these increased Japanese forces in Indochina would seem to imply the utilization of these forces by Japan for purposes of further aggression, since no such number of forces could possibly be required for the policing of that region..."
-Japan's cabinet was reshuffled because of "the deteriorating international situation." The new cabinet affirmed the final decision to attack Pearl Harbor, and the code message to proceed, "Climb Mount Niitaka," was flashed to the carrier battle group.
-The Japanese embassy in Washington was ordered to destroy all but its most secret coding facilities. Similar orders went to Japanese missions in British, Dutch, and Canadian cities. Cuba, the Philippines, and the South Pacific.
-London announced the formation of a new and expanded Eastern Fleet. Britain in the past had maintained a cruiser squadron, but its naval presence in Asia would now be led by more powerful men-of-war. The battleship Prince of Wales and the battle curiser Repulse arrived in Singapore. This announced action indicated the concern of Britain as it viewed Japan's southward penetration.