Minister: Aliens have never invaded JapanStaff writer ▼ | April 2, 2015
Alien spaceships have never entered Japanese airspace, Japan defence minister Gen Nakatani told parliamentarians, after being questioned about a possible invasion.
UFO Serious question answered promptly
"When the Air Self Defence Force detects indications of an unidentified flying object that could violate our country's airspace, it scrambles fighter jets if necessary and makes visual observation," he said.
"They sometimes find birds or flying objects other than aircraft but I don't know a case of finding an unidentified flying object believed to have come over from anywhere other than Earth."
Nakatani was responding to a question from wrestler-turned-lawmaker Antonio Inoki. At a meeting of the budget committee in Japan's upper house, Inoki had asked if aircraft were dispatched to meet extra-terrestrial visitors and "whether studies are going on".
Inoki said he did not know whether or not aliens existed, but he had once seen a mysterious flying object rocket into the air on the horizon and disappear. ■