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Japanese lawmakers want gov't to look into UFOs

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Two former Japanese defense ministers are among a group of lawmakers planning to form a nonpartisan parliamentary grouping to urge the government to look into unidentified flying objects, founder members said.

Opposition lawmaker Yoshiharu Asakawa cited findings last year by the U.S. government's All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO) set up to handle such issues, adding that Japan lacked a similar body.

"According to what AARO announced in 2023, there had been many reports of UAP sightings in the skies over Japan," he said, using a term, unidentified anomalous phenomena, often used to describe such events.

"If they turn out to be cutting-edge weapons from other countries or unmanned reconnaissance planes ... they can be a serious threat to our country's security," Asakawa added.

He was speaking to a meeting of founders of the group, which includes former Defense Ministers Yasukazu Hamada and Shigeru Ishiba.

"We will be urging the government to set up a dedicated entity to improve Japan's information gathering and analysis capabilities regarding UAP, and to deepen cooperation with the United States on the matter," Asakawa added.

Hamada will head the lawmakers' group, expected to be set up on June 6, and former environment minister Shinjiro Koizumi, son of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, will be secretary-general, Asakawa's office said.

In a written message to the meeting, read by Koizumi, Hamada said the lawmakers' effort aims to guard against any future trouble.

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It's what UFO really means - Unidentified Flying Objects. But even that name has changed, many experts now call them UAPs: Unexplained Aerial Phenomena.

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"If they turn out to be cutting-edge weapons from other countries or unmanned reconnaissance planes ... they can be a serious threat to our country's security," Asakawa added.

If that's the case, then we are already too late. Just team up with the US and have them look into this so that we may allocate our resources elsewhere.

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UAPs are a global phenomena. Immediate tracking and response can only be done on site. Japan most certainly needs to establish whether any UAPs are a threat to it's security. Intrusions into Japanese airspace are challenged by the JASDF, not the USAF.

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Oh, these are very practical, down-to-earth news.

A man desperately looking all around to try to find his own eyes to see.

Very practical idea, especially geared to solve all the excruciating problems that many people are experiencing in their lives. Congratulations Japan.

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We are ready and know the exact possibilities and how it will unfold.

Just a shame 95% of human beings don't have a clue about Astronomy, Foreign civilizations and all the possibilities out there... we're still struggling hard to progress past the Type 0 civilization.

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Click bait... they are not looking into aliens they are looking into aircraft from other countries that they have not seen before.

"If they turn out to be cutting-edge weapons from other countries or unmanned reconnaissance planes ... they can be a serious threat to our country's security," Asakawa added.

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If you consider that aircraft like the SR-71 and Harrier have been flying since the 60’s, who knows what kind of tech the militaries of the world have now, that the public will only see 20 years later.

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If you consider that aircraft like the SR-71 and Harrier have been flying since the 60’s, who knows what kind of tech the militaries of the world have now, that the public will only see 20 years later.

A 25 years old B-2 flying by very slowly right in front of your eyes is something you never forget. Just out of this world.

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We will be urging the government to set up a dedicated entity

Here we go again. Another dedicated entity, that will be looking into things. And mabe an entity overseeing this. How to divert and dilute money somewhere in practice. Certainly, another entity will have more resources and technology at its disposal than, say, JASDF or similar....

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As these investigations typically go, most of the answers lie deep within the Pentagon and its only the top brass that are told anything. Its either too disturbing for the general public to know, or its a matter of national security that nothing is revealed to the public or even a country or ally such as Japan is kept in the dark.

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No government should be tasked with the responsibility…

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Probably a swarm of insects or birds or something

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The first time my family saw a ufo was in the 1950s, before human made satellites even existed. Have seen more since then. It is easy to poo poo the whole idea, until you see one yourself.

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