A fan holds a pig as the pack rides during the fifth stage of the Tour de France from Carhaix to Cap Frehel on July 6. Pascal Rossignol\Reuters
Rigoberto Uran of Colombia (l.) and a man dressed in a historic outfit of a postman entertain spectators, as riders wait to take the start of the fifth stage of the Tour de France starting in Carhaix, western France, on July 6. Christophe Ena/AP
An old lady dress as a she-devil salutes the peloton during the third stage of the Tour de France from Olonne-sur-Mer to Redon on July 4. Pascal Rossignol/Reuters
Spectators in costume cheer as the pack, or peloton, pass through the village of Le Champ Saint Pere during the first stage of the Tour de France on July 2. Christophe Ena/AP
Saxo Bank-Sungard's Alberto Contador (l.) of Spain is followed up a climb by Omega Pharma-Lotto's Philippe Gilbert of Belgium during the fourth stage of the Tour de France on July 5. Denis Balibuose/Reuters
The peloton rides by a fan playing a bagpipe during the fourth stage of the Tour de France on July 5. Pascal Rossignol/Reuters
A person wearing a "Wookie" costume from the movie "Star Wars" waves a Breton flag as the pack rides past during the fifth stage of the Tour de France. Pascal Rossignol/Reuters
An elderly farmer watches the peloton pass by during the fifth stage of the Tour de France, The 102.2 miles stage started in Carhaix and finished in Cap Frehel, Brittany, western France, Wednesday July 6. Christophe Ena/AP
Thor Hushovd of Norway, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, signs autogrpahs prior to the start of the fifth stage of the Tour de France. Laurent Cipriani/AP
A cycling fan dressed as a wrestler waves the US and Mexican flags during the 10th stage of the Tour de France in South Central France, Tuesday July 12. Laurent Cipriani/AP
Spectators on horseback greet the riders during the 10th stage of the Tour de France in South Central France, Tuesday July 12. Laurent Cipriani/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."