Japan, US to monitor ships from space

Tokyo, March 12 (IANS) Japan and the US have agreed to cooperate in monitoring ships from space, following their first meet on the Comprehensive Dialogue on Space held here Monday.

In a joint statement after the meeting, the two countries said they agreed on a "legal framework for the provision of information on space debris from the US to Japan," Xinhua reported.

Both sides also agreed to share intelligence by the two countries' satellite systems and cooperate in mapping out international code of conduct in space.

Senior officials from Japan's foreign, defence and science ministries and the US National Security Council, the State and Defense departments and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration attended the meeting.

The Comprehensive Dialogue on Space is a new bilateral consultative regime between Japan and the US aiming at enhancing the bilateral alliance.

The next meet of the dialogue will be held in Washington in 2014.