Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced July 3 that the U.S. and Japan plan to launch a pilot project under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Megaports Initiative at the Minami Honmoku Terminal at the port of Yokohama in Japan.
Under this project the terminal will install radioactive materials detection equipment to monitor cargo containers for nuclear and other radioactive material. The two governments will exchange information obtained through this project in accordance with their agreement on mutual assistance between customs administrations and other legal frameworks. They will then take the results of the project into account when consulting on future cooperation in this area.
The US Government agreed same initiative with 27 countries, and already implemented with Netherlands, Greece, Bahama, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Spain, Philippines, Belgium and Israel. (as of May 2008)