Lawmakers in the ruling Saenuri Party on Tuesday asked foreign and education ministry officials to submit a list of names of Japanese politicians who paid homage at the militarist Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. The shrine honors convicted war criminals among Japan's war dead.
Ministry officials are reluctant to compile any such list.
Nam Kyung-pil, the head of a National Assembly committee seeking to correct Japan's attempts to whitewash its wartime atrocities, demanded that the government reveal the full list. But a Foreign Ministry official warned that revealing such a list would "exacerbate" tensions between the two countries.
The ministry has established the names of 130 out of some 160 Japanese politicians who visited the Yasukuni Shrine in April this year, but only 15 have been disclosed to lawmakers here.