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Japan’s Defense Minister Denies Alien Invasion, Ignores UFOs

During a budget meeting in Japan’s parliament, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani was asked a question about aliens invading his country and gave this answer:

When the Air Self Defense 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. They sometimes find birds or flying objects other than aircraft but I don’t know of a case of finding an unidentified flying object believed to have come over from anywhere other than Earth.

Really? Perhaps some of the people of Japan who have been seeing and recording UFOs over the past few years need to give Defense Minister Nakatani a call.

On January 23, 2014, a fleet of UFOs shaped like glowing orbs was observed over Naha, a city on the island of Okinawa. Numerous reports were made by eyewitnesses who said the maneuvers by the group of UFOs lasted for 15 minutes before they flew off.

Japan has many active volcanoes which attract UFOs and, sure enough, two UFOs were spotted two days after the deadly eruption of Mt. Ontake on September 27, 2014. They reportedly came out of the volcano and disappeared into the clouds.

UFOs over Mt. Ontake

UFOs over Mt. Ontake

Japan has a number of nuclear power plants which are also known to be visited by UFOs. So it’s no surprise that UFOs have been seen numerous times over the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant after the meltdown in 2011. This one was observed in April 2011.

UFO over Fukushima nuclear plant after meltdown

UFO over Fukushima nuclear plant after meltdown

Going back a few years, there’s the famous incident involving a Japan Air Lines Boeing 747 cargo plane traveling from Paris to Tokyo on November 17, 1986, with a load of Beaujolais wine. While flying over Alaska, the crew witnessed two UFOs whose thrusters lit up the cabin and whose heat was felt by the captain. They left quickly but a third, larger UFO showed up and the crew requested to change course, which it did. No explanation was ever given but the crew stuck by their story.

Where was the Air Self Defense Force on these occasions? Haven’t they heard the comments about UFOs from President Obama and John Podesta? Defense Minister Nakatani needs to stop denying and answer a few more questions.


Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.
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