Japan may explicitly legalize providing personal information on people seeking asylum to authorities in their country of origin, where they fear persecution, lawyers said Monday.

In April, legal amendments aimed at cracking down on human-trafficking were approved by the House of Councilors — including a revision to the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law.

The revision, which is now before the House of Representatives, states that the justice minister may provide information to foreign authorities "if necessary to carry out tasks related to immigration control and refugee recognition."