VLADIVOSTOK. January 28. VOSTOK-MEDIA - January 27, 1904. Imperial manifesto was published by Nicholas II with the official announcement of the beginning of the Russian-Japanese war. It read:"The concern for the preservation of peace is dear to the heart We have made efforts to consolidate peace in the Far East. We have agreed to the Japanese government on the proposed revision of the existing agreements between the two empires on Korean affairs.