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Japan as a butterfly woman in green kimono and yellow obi fanning herself, the Japanese flag of a red sun on a white field represented by her wings. From a series of postcards depicting the allies as butterfly women. (The counterpart is a series depicting the Central Powers as stinging insects.)
Text: Japon
Reverse: Editions "Aux Allies" Paris, Helio. L. Géligné, 255 Bd. Raspail, Paris; Visé Paris No 17

Japan as a butterfly woman in green kimono and yellow obi fanning herself, the Japanese flag represented on her wings. From a series of postcards depicting the allies as butterfly women. (The counterpart is a series depicting the Central Powers as stinging insects.)
Reverse: Editions "Aux Allies" Paris, Helio. L. Géligné, 255 Bd. Raspail, Paris; Visé Paris No 17

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In 1902 Great Britain and Japan signed an Anglo-Japanese Alliance, which was renewed and expanded in 1905 and 1911. When war broke out in 1914, Japan offered assist Britain in rendering Germany powerless in the Far East.

Japan delivered an ultimatum to Germany on August 15 to surrender all its ships in Asian waters. Receiving no response by the August 23 deadline, Japan declared war and blockaded Tsingtao.

Japanese naval forces began blockading the coast of Kiautschau on August 27 while awaiting the arrival of its land forces. By September 18, a Japanese army of 23,000 commanded by Lieutenant-General Mitsuomi Kamio began advancing on Tsingtao in cooperation with a small British force.

The approach along the peninsula to Tsingtao was dominated by Prince Heinrich Hill and by three concrete and steel hilltop forts. Attacking on September 27, the Allied artillery heavily damaged the defending forts, and the Germans retreated from this strategic hill on September 28.

The siege continued through October while the Japanese awaited heavier siege weapons. Attacking on November 6, the Allies made significant advances, taking 200 prisoners, seizing two German gun batteries and the fort defending the German right. On the morning of November 7, 1914, the German defenders surrendered.

Although Japan played no further combat role in the war, it provided the Entente Allies with troop transport ships, and light craft to patrol the Mediterranean.

During the war Japan extended its control of Manchuria.

On January 18, 1915, Japan presented its Twenty-one Demands of China.

After the Bolshevik Revolution, Japan landed troops in Vladivostok in support of a White Army under Admiral Kolchak. Japanese ships also transported members of the Czech Legion. Japan retained control of Vladivostok until 1922.

Japan is a country in Asia.

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Statistics for Japan (1)

Type Statistic
Population 50,295,279

People from Japan (1)

Last Name First Name Full Name Role
Kamio Mitsuomi Mitsuomi Kamio