Japan’s defense minister reassured the public on Wednesday that aliens have never entered the country’s airspace.
Taking questions in parliament about the threat posed by space aliens, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani calmed nerves by saying the country’s warplanes could be dispatched at the report of unidentified flying objects, The Japan Times reports.
So far, Japanese warplanes have not had any encounters with extraterrestrial life. The question came from professional wrestler-turned-politician Antonio Inoki, who asked if any studies were being conducted into extraterrestrial life.
“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,” Nakatani said on Wednesday.
“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,” he said.
Wednesday’s parliamentary debate on aliens and warplanes is not the first of its kind in Japan. In 2007, the government said they had not confirmed “the existence of unidentified flying objects believed to have come from anywhere other than Earth.”