Japanese politician's shrine visit angers Chinese
15 August 2013 Last updated at 14:31 BST
Two Japanese cabinet ministers and dozens of lawmakers have visited the Yasukuni shrine on the anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering but stayed away, in an apparent move to avoid inflaming tensions with the country's neighbours.
The shrine commemorates Japan's war dead but also honours several convicted war criminals.
Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports.