The Japan Newspaper Publishers & Editors Association on Monday called on the U.S. government to reconsider proposed changes to visa rules that limit how long foreign journalists can stay in the country.

The Japanese association, which represents 129 newspaper companies, news agencies and broadcasters, submitted its request in a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Under the proposed changes released by the department, representatives of foreign information media will no longer be able to remain in the country for as long as their work requires. Instead, their stay would be limited to 240 days, with an opportunity to extend only once for another 240 days, based on their activities.