The Japanese government is reportedly considering amendments to export control laws to further limit transfers of dual use technologies. The proposed amendments would seek to prevent the transfer abroad of controlled technology, including data on various digital media and on laptop computers. Further controls could also be placed on the transfer of such technology to non-residents inside Japan, possibly based on nationality, employment history, or relationship to companies in possession of these technologies. The amendments might also physically restrict access to weapons-related technology at companies, universities and research laboratories. Although some details, such as which countries and which nationalities any new controls would apply to, remain uncertain, the Japanese parliament could approve the amendments as early as next January.