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NARUTO, Tokushima Pref. — At 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 23, 1914, despite opposition among many pro-German military officers and politicians, Japan honored a 1902 treaty with Britain and declared war on Imperial Germany.

Earlier that month, Germany and Austria-Hungary declared war on France, Russia and Britain. With Japan’s entrance on the side of the Triple Entente, the conflict reached Asia.

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