I haven't seen anything about this posted, but yes, it is serious.
I was in favor of selling F-22s to Japan, but I didn't realize the scope and nature of their threats. The F-22 isn't the answer and I can't think of anything else right now... I'm still trying to process this!
Anybody have any thoughts? [First] Aid package? http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national...21TDY02305.htm
SDF ready for Godzilla, but not for aliens
The Yomiuri Shimbun
Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba on Thursday admitted to reporters that he was unsure about how the Self-Defense Forces should respond to an attack by alien spaceships, adding his two yen's worth to the debate over UFOs within the government.
The government, responding to an opposition lawmaker's question, has given its official view that it has not confirmed whether UFOs are piloted by aliens. While Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura later indicated that he believes UFOs are of extraterrestrial origin, Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda said the same day he has yet to see one.
"If Godzilla came to the country, we could dispatch the SDF on a disaster relief mission," Ishiba said at a press conference after the Cabinet meeting Thursday. "But if UFOs fly here, it would be difficult to regard them as violating our airspace as they can't be categorized as coming from a foreign country."
"If it happens, we should take defensive measures," he added, warming to his theme. "But if UFO occupants tell us [earthlings] we should try to get along with one other, we wouldn't be able to treat it as an armed attack."
(Dec. 21, 2007)