Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura was speaking to media in response to demands raised by an opposition Democratic Party of Japan lawmaker Ryuji Yamane for an inquiry into "frequent reports of UFO sightings."
The government said in an official reply that it had "not confirmed sightings of unidentified flying objects believed to be from outer space."
Still, "I definitely believe they exist," Nobutaka Machimura said as reporters erupted into laughter.
In a written response issued Tuesday to the opposition lawmaker Ryuji Yamane, the government said the air force had often spotted "birds and other objects beside aircraft," but no UFOs.
Tokyo keeps a vigilant watch over Japanese airspace and is ready to scramble fighter jets to intercept suspicious airborne objects, UFOs included, according to the government reply.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Aralık 2007, 10:43