Japan's government has been closely monitoring exports of its advanced technologies and expertise since April. That's when the Trade and Industry Ministry set up a special section.
The government doesn't want the country's expertise in fields such as artificial intelligence and biotechnology used in military applications after it's been exported.
Another concern is global trade. Importing countries can use such technologies to enhance their competitive advantages and develop their domestic industries.
The ministry's section has consolidated information that used to be spread across its different divisions. Its officials have been trying to identify advanced technologies and products possessed by Japanese businesses and research institutions.
They are also investigating how these are being employed by importers.