About 60 demonstrators marched to the Japanese consulate in Central from Chater Garden this morning to mark the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender at the end of the second world war, as celebrations took place in other parts of the city. The demonstrators, including ex-servicemen, observed a minute’s silence before the march to pay their respects to those who died in the conflict. Chanting slogans and waving Republic of China flags, they demanded the Japanese government admit and apologise for crimes committed during the occupation of China. The demonstrators dispersed peacefully after arriving at Exchange Square, where the Japanese consulate is located. In Tsim Sha Tsui, about 800 members from 14 uniformed groups including the Scout Association of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Adventure Corps took part in a parade to mark Japan’s withdrawal from Hong Kong in 1945. The procession marched along major roads in Tsim Sha Tsui under rain while spectators captured their performance on cameras.