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> The American method mirrors the way we pronounce the date 010290
> January second 1990

Don't the British say second January 1990?

> The British method is ascending order of significance and the
> Japanese descending order of significance.

But the digits are in descending order *within* the date.  Today,
British style, is 03-09-90, not 30-90-09.  Thus the "Japanese" style
is more logical, and I've used it on my files for years.

(Which way is it usually done in Australia?)