Defence minister shares how military should act during encounter with UFOs

A defence minister has explained to his country's armed forces how to behave if they encounter UFOs.

Despite claiming he doesn't believe in flying saucers, Japan's Defence Minister Taro Kono has issued instructions to the nation's military on what to do if they come across an alien craft if they potentially pose a threat to national security.

Mr Kono told members of the Japan Self-Defence Forces (SDF) in charge of protecting the Asian country's airspace to record on camera any unexplained aerial phenomena and to analyse it as much as possible.

The instructions also call for analysis of information about UFOs received from the public.

According to the Defence Ministry, there are so far no known cases of officers encountering unidentified flying objects.

Mr Kono said he doesn't "believe in UFOs" after the Pentagon, the headquarters for the US Department of Defense, made the decision to declassify videos showing US pilots chasing UFOs.

The three clips show what the Department of Defence described as "unexplained aerial phenomena".

The Pentagon's decision prompted their Japanese counterparts to draw up procedures to make sure they could record similar events.

In August the Pentagon created a task force to detect and analyse UFOs, a move which sparked wide interest among hunters for extraterrestrial life and conspiracy theorists.

Japan's Defence Minister Mr Kono had a meeting with his US counterpart Mark Esper.

They reportedly discussed the investigation of unidentified aerial phenomena as part of a new area of cooperation between the countries.

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