President Barack Obama meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, on May 20, a day after Obama's Middle East policy address. Charles Dharapak/AP
A demonstration in front of the White House to coincide with the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington, on May 20. Carolyn Kaster/AP
Two men with opposing views on Mideast politics argue in front of the White House in Washington shortly before a scheduled Oval Office meeting between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on May 20. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
Israeli soldiers stand guard as Palestinian women pass by, at the Qalandiya checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem, on May 20. President Barack Obama on May 19 finally uttered the words the Palestinians had been waiting to hear for two years: that the basis for border talks with Israel is the pre-1967 border lines. Tara Todras-Whitehill/AP
Palestinians, Israelis and foreign demonstrators run from tear gas fired by Israeli troops, during a protest against Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank village of Bil'in, near Ramallah, on May 20. Majdi Mohammed/AP
An Israeli man watches the speech of President Barack Obama on a television outside an electric shop in Tel Aviv, Israel, on May 19. Oded Balilty/AP
General view of the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Homa, center and background, on April 19. Bernat Armangue/AP
Palestinian children from the Hilal family pose with their pets in front Israel's separation barrier in Abu Dis, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, on April 19. Bernat Armangue/AP
In this April 17 photo, T-shirts for sale are displayed in a souvenir shop in Jerusalem's Old City. Bernat Armangue/AP
Palestinians watch a television broadcast of a speech by President Barack Obama, at a shop in Gaza City, on May 19. Ismail Zaydah/Reuters
An Egyptian woman watches President Barack Obama's policy address, outside a shop selling televisions in Cairo, on May 19. Amr Nabil/AP
One hundred years ago today, the Japanese Empire declared war on Germany, turning the previously Europe-centric conflict into a truly 'World War.'
ByThe Monitor's European Bureau
The Christian Science Monitor, ProQuest
These articles originally ran in The Christian Science Monitor on Aug. 24, 1914. The Japanese Empire had been an ally of Britain since 1902, and with the start of World War I, was eying Germany's holdings in what is now Shandong Province, China. On Aug. 14, 1914, Japan sent Germany an ultimatum which went ignored. On Aug. 23, Japan officially declared war on Germany, turning the previously Europe-centric conflict into a truly "World War."