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H.K. groups mark 63rd anniversary of Japanese war.

HONG KONG, July 7 Kyodo

About 100 activists in Hong Kong, in protests to mark the 63rd anniversary of Japan's invasion of China, urged Japan on Friday to formally apologize for its wartime aggression against the Chinese people.

The protesters, from several civic groups, also called on Tokyo to pay reparations to victims of Japanese atrocities.

Holding banners and chanting slogans, the demonstrators petitioned the Japanese Consulate General in Hong Kong for redress.

One of the groups, the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions, handed 48,000 signatures from supporters in the territory to a consulate representative.

Ng Yat-hing, chairman of the Reparation Association of Hong Kong, said they have to keep warning people against the possible revival of Japanese militarism.

''We organize the protest on July 7 each year to remind people of the horrors of war,'' said Ng, who fights for compensation from Japan for wartime victims.

On July 7, 1937, Japanese soldiers exchanged fired with the Chinese at the Marco Polo Bridge southwest of Beijing. The incident marked the beginning of Japan's all-out war of aggression against China.

The H.K. groups also hit out Friday at Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori's remarks that caused memories of Japan's military past by claiming Japan is a ''divine nation'' with the emperor at its center.
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Date:Jul 10, 2000
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