The Port of San Diego hosted a distinguished delegation from its sister port, the Port of Sasebo, Japan on October 13, 2017. The purpose of the visit was to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the sister port relationship.
A sister port agreement was signed between the two ports in August 1982. This agreement allows both ports to explore the possibilities of future collaboration and encourages the two ports to cross-promote business and cultural opportunities. Like San Diego, the Port of Sasebo has a large military presence, natural deepwater harbors, resort areas and cruise, shipbuilding and fishing industries.
The most recent delegation visit from the Port of Sasebo took place in 2012. The delegation visits have benefitted the two ports through information sharing and an enhanced understanding of each others culture.