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V4D3R
12-21-2007, 10:46 AM
UFOs exist, says Japan official

By Chris Hogg
BBC News, Tokyo

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7150156.stm

Japan's chief government spokesman has announced that unidentified flying objects (UFOs) exist. Earlier, in response to a question from an opposition lawmaker, the Japanese government issued a statement saying it could not confirm any cases of UFOs.
But Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura later told reporters he believed they were "definitely" real.
It is the sort of question politicians dread but, under Japanese rules, are unable to ignore.
A member of the opposition asked the government what its policy was to deal with UFOs.
He said work should begin urgently to try to confirm whether or not they exist because of what he called "incessant" reports of sightings.
The Japanese civil service swung into action.
In a statement it said that should a flying saucer be spotted in the country's airspace, a fighter would be scrambled to attempt visual confirmation.
But it emphasised that the government was not aware of cases where a UFO from space had been discovered.
Most alerts turned out to be birds or other objects.
'Not confirmed'
The document revealed that Japan has not yet planned what to do should aliens arrive here.
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/42460000/jpg/_42460730_sundog_203.jpg Many UFO sightings can be easily explained


The government's chief spokesman Nobutaka Machimura drew laughter from reporters when he admitted that this was a "stereotypical" response from the bureaucrats.
Perhaps with his tongue a little in his cheek he insisted that he believed UFOs did "definitely" exist.
Questioned about the existence of alien spaceships, Japan's Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda thought about it and then answered carefully.
He said he had "not yet confirmed" whether they existed.
The conspiracy theorists will note that the answer was not a "no".

IrOnMaN
12-21-2007, 03:10 PM
UFO's don't exist because they're not mention in the Bible.

L~>1<~NKS
12-21-2007, 03:37 PM
UFO stand for Unidentified Flying Object - well @ least they didn't claim aliens exist.

V4D3R
12-22-2007, 04:47 PM
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hrzwVm3XCCD9dQ9Mcek7novkmqtwJapan's science minister hopes aliens exist

1 day ago
TOKYO (AFP) — Japan's science minister said Friday he hoped aliens existed so children would become more interested in space, as a debate on UFOs continued to demand the attention of the cabinet.
"It would be fun if they existed," education and science minister Kisaburo Tokai told reporters.
"There have been films like 'ET.' Children may grow up with ambitions regarding space," he said, referring to Steven Spielberg's 1982 classic about a boy's friendship with an extraterrestrial.
Japan has an increasingly ambitious space programme, with a major lunar probe launched in September. But it is struggling to boost children's interest in science with a survey this month showing Japanese students came last internationally in the percentage seeking science careers.
Tokai said the cabinet, despite other pressing issues and a new poll showing a sharp fall in public support, started its regular meeting Friday with a lively discussion about UFOs.
But he declined to take sides on whether he personally believed in alien life-forms.
"The government is not considering a study on UFOs but I want to ask various things if I meet experts," he said.
The science minister's comments came a day after Defence Minister Shigeru Ishiba said he was looking at how Japan's military could respond to an alien invasion under the pacifist constitution.
The debate was set off on Tuesday when the government, asked for its position by an opposition lawmaker, stated it had no knowledge of UFOs.
The statement prompting a surprise rebuttal from chief government spokesman Nobutaka Machimura, who said: "Personally, I absolutely believe they exist."