The United States declared war on Japan the following day, December 8. This forced the United States to enter a two-front war. In the first months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japan had great military success. A turning point came in June at the Battle of Midway.
Whitehall referred to a clause in the Anglo-Japanese Alliance that established the mutual support of the two countries. The Japanese government took the British appeal one step further. Before the ultimatum expired, the Germans had prepared for a siege, laying mine barriers and strengthening fortifications against sea and land attacks. The German East Asia Squadron was not at its Qingdao base when the conflict started, so defenders were equipped with only a gunboat, a torpedo boat, and an obsolete cruiser.
Lucian Kim. Japan's prime minister will be in Moscow Tuesday, amid speculation that Russia and Japan might be about to sign a peace treaty. The two countries have still not officially ended World War II. Russia and Japan are still at war, at least on paper.