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More On Japanese 'UFOs Exist' Story

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2007 07:07:24 -0500
Archived: Wed, 19 Dec 2007 07:07:24 -0500
Subject: More On Japanese 'UFOs Exist' Story

Source: BBC News - London UK


Tuesday, 18 December 2007

UFOs Exist, Says Japan Official
By Chris Hogg
BBC News, Tokyo

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

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.

Sundogs, refracted images of the sun (Picture: Erik Axdahl) 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

He said he had "not yet confirmed" whether they existed.

The conspiracy theorists will note that the answer was not a

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