AS protests go, this march was not having much of an impact. Outflanked by a relatively small press corps by more than two-to-one, lawyer Albert Ho Chun-yan led a march from Chater Garden to the Japanese Consulate in Exchange Square, barely raising an eyebrow from busy pedestrians. And then they chanted, 'Apologise for war crimes. More compensation for war victims.' Suddenly the lift lobby of the 47th floor of One Exchange Square was filled with the booming voices of the nine delegates of the Hong Kong Reparation Association. TV cameras were pointed, microphones were thrust forward. The protest would indeed be heard by the Hong Kong public. Association chairman Mr Ho formally asked a dignified consulate official to pass on their message to the Japanese Prime Minister, Tomiichi Murayama, currently on a visit to China - had he not heard the chants already. 'We want the Japanese Government to finally apologise for their war crimes and pay compensation to those who suffered,' said Mr Ho. 'This year is the 50th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the Japanese Prime Minister is in China. But he has still not apologised.' The group was given support by former legislator Lau Chin-shek and by Tang Lap-yan, son of a former war victim Leung Sum. 'My mother still has 100,000 military notes. They are not worth the paper they're printed on,' he said. More than 2,500 members of the association are demanding compensation for the 510 million military yen they held at the end of the Japanese occupation.