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Minister Troubled Over Legal Issues If UFO Arrives

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 07:58:29 -0500
Archived: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 07:58:29 -0500
Subject: Minister Troubled Over Legal Issues If UFO Arrives

Source: Japan News Review - Stockholm, Sweden


Thursday, December 20, 2007

Defense Minister Troubled Over Legal Issues If UFO Arrives

Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba said Thursday that he was
troubled over potential legal issues if a UFO arrives in Japan,
requiring action by the Self-Defense Forces, Japanese media

The subject was triggered by a question from oppositional
lawmaker Ryuji Yamane, who argued the government should attempt
to confirm what UFOs are because of "frequent observations" of
them in Japan.

"There are no grounds for us to deny that there are unidentified
flying objects (UFOs) and some life-form that controls them,"
Ishiba said at a news conference. "Various possibilities should
be considered."

Ishiba noted that in the classical Godzilla movies, Japan
deployed its military against the monster. "Few discussions have
been made on what the legal grounds were for that," the minister
said, drawing laughter from reporters, according to an AFP

Ishiba said it would be difficult to determine on what legal
grounds the Self-Defense Forces could be mobilized if a UFO
violating Japanese airspace is not hostile.

"Would that be mobilization for an act of defense? That would
not be the case if they say, ‘Everyone on the Earth, let us be
friends," Ishiba said. "Or what can we do when we can't figure
out what they're saying?" Ishiba was quoted as saying by Kyodo

The minister added that he was strictly speaking his own views
and that the ministry was not actually working out ways to deal
with UFOs.

The government officially took the position Tuesday that the
existence of UFOs are unconfirmed. Chief Cabinet Secretary
Nobutaka Machimura drew headlines around the world when he after
the conference stated he was a firm believer in UFOs, citing
Peru's Nazca Lines as evidence.

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