Beijing: China`s foreign ministry on Saturday voiced "strong dissatisfaction" over a visit by a trio of Japanese cabinet ministers to Tokyo`s controversial Yasukuni shrine.
"Some Japanese politicians chose this day to visit the shrine, which honours `Class A` war criminals and glorifies the aggressive war," the ministry said in a statement.
"It demonstrates again Japan`s erroneous attitudes toward the historical issues," it added. "China lodges its resolute opposition and strong dissatisfaction."
The visits -- on the anniversary of Japan`s WWII surrender -- came a day after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued a new statement on World War II, which China and South Korea said did not amount to a proper apology for Tokyo`s past aggression.
Visits by Japanese politicians to Yasukuni enrage neighbouring nations, which view them as an insult and painful reminder of now-pacifist Japan`s history.
The shrine is dedicated to millions of Japanese who died in conflicts -- but also includes more than a dozen war criminals` names on its honour list and a museum that portrays Japan as a victim of US aggression.
It makes scant reference to the brutality of invading Imperial troops when they stormed across Asia -- especially China and Korea -- in the 20th century.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not visit the leafy Yasukuni shrine on Saturday and sent a ritual offering instead, local media reported.
His late 2013 visit drew an angry response from Beijing and Seoul, as well as a rebuke from close ally Washington.