Now, this is a really weird one folks, because one might read it as being due merely to a fluke of translation, or one might read it as a deliberate "slip" on the part of whoever translated this from Chinese to English. But in either case, the story is rather significant:
Now, let's take the more obvious interpretation first, namely, that the translation is simply poor, and that all the USA and Japan are agreeing to do is pool their satellite space-debris monitoring resources to monitor "space debris." We're told that this agreement is being done, in part, to "strengthen the bi-lateral alliance," an alliance that, you'll recall, appeared to be heading to the dumpster in the wake of the Japanese elections in 2009, until, of course, then US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates issued a "warning" to Japan that was little short of a threat, and until the Fukushima quake, when there appeared to be sudden reversals of policy by the new Japanese government. All that of course is background, and in that context, the "poor translation" interpretation makes sense.
I suspect, therefore, that if this context be true, that the real intention of the agreement is to make Japanese spy satellite intelligence - on, say, Communist China and North Korea - available to the USA, and that space debris is a nice convenient cover.
But there is that "second interpretation" that hovers over the words "Japan and the United States on Monday held their first meeting of the Comprehensive Dialogue on Space and agreed to cooperate in monitoring ships from space, local media report." The phrase "ships from space" is just barely ambiguous enough to tolerate the meaning "terrestrial space capsules", but it is also ambiguous enough to mean "ships from elsewhere" and indeed, most speakers of English would take it in this last sense, as an oblique reference to...
It is interesting to me that the article mentions a national security aspect of this story by specifically mentioning the American National Security Council. Now, indeed, space debris would be a national security issue, but not one normally within the "mission brief" at the rarefied level of the President's National Security Council. At that level the context suggests that, indeed, "ships from space" might be within the secret agreement to share intelligence data with each other.
Another way of saying that, folks, is to say that UFO secrecy has become part of the USA's negotiation strategy and policy with its allies, and that UFO secrecy, at least as far as those alliances are concerned, won't be ending any time soon. This story is therefore one to watch folks.
See you on the flip side.