- (Bloomberg) -- Japan's Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba
is considering how his Self-Defense Forces could respond to an attack
by space aliens while adhering to limits on military action under the
country's war-renouncing Constitution.
- Ishiba is the second Cabinet member to profess his belief
in unidentified flying objects after Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka
Machimura suggested on Dec. 18 they are the only explanation for ``unexplainable''
things like the Nazca Lines, pre-Columbian etchings in the desert south
of Lima, Peru.
- Ishiba said yesterday a Japanese military response, such
as those in the Godzilla movie series, would require legal review and
said he is studying ways Japan could deal with an attack. Ishiba said
his comments represent a ``personal view,'' and not Defense Ministry
policy, according to the transcript of the press conference published
on the ministry's Web Site.
- "There are no grounds for us to deny there are unidentified
flying objects and some life-form that controls them,'' Ishiba said. ``Few
discussions have been held on what the legal grounds are'' for a military
- Ishiba said that, if the aliens arrived in Japan in peace,
a military response would not be legal under the terms of Japan's pacifist
Constitution. He also said he was concerned about communication difficulties
if a UFO landed.
- "If they descended, saying `People of the Earth,
let's make friends,' it would not be considered an urgent, unjust attack
on our country,'' he said. ``How can we convey our intentions if they
don't understand what we are saying?''
- Japanese politicians, and the local media's, recent interest
in UFOs stems from a parliamentary question from opposition lawmaker
Ryuji Yamane about the government's policy on UFOs. The government is
not doing any UFO research or preparing for a response if UFOs fly over
Japan, according to a report by Kyodo News on Dec 18.
- "I haven't seen one myself,'' Japan's Prime Minister
Yasuo Fukuda said when asked by reporters about UFOs on Dec. 18.
- To contact the reporter on this story: Stuart Biggs in
Tokyo at firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Last Updated: December 21, 2007 00:20 EST
- Joseph Ehrlich
- STOP. This guy is Japan's DEFENSE M INISTER not someone
released from a mental hospital ward THINKING he is Japan's Defense Minister.
This is a startling article because it does not only give a bingo (to
my past predictions) on UFOs - something already becoming mainstream slowly
but surely - but it hints at (some form of) communications with them and
a putative threat by them, and thereby the need to defend against such
a possibility. You might argue that since Japan did not want to point
to any nation attacking it, that it was resorting to using a 'UFO attack'
as a reason to strengthen its military. However, Japan would not use
that type of technique to cover a point it wants to make UNLESS there
is some foundational predicate for it.