There is, of course, another way to interpret this. It's plain that Sony doesn't want PSX 2's leaving Japan; they've gone so far as to put warning labels on the boxes stating that export is not allowed (under a different law). A hard-hitting law intended to curb the export of potential military hardware could presumably have some stiff penalties, though the article doesn't discuss that aspect. What if such a move is intended to keep PSX 2's in Japan until the official dates of the U.S. and European launches, by intimidating potential exporters with stiff penalties? It will be interesting to see if trade ministry approval comes shortly before the PSX 2 is due to arrive on our shores. Wouldn't that be convenient? Time will tell.