Administration officials and lawmakers from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party are considering lifting a ban on dance clubs, music venues and some bars operating past midnight, an LDP source said Tuesday. An earlier attempt in June to revise the law failed.

Eyeing legislation this fall at the earliest, they plan to allow establishments to stay open until 6 a.m. by replacing the current outright ban with a requirement for clubs and bars to obtain a license for extended operations from prefectural public safety commissions, the source said.

Current restrictions relate to measures aimed at regulating the adult entertainment business.