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Olympics and UFOs don't leave Japan alone

International Olympic Committee senior official John Coates said the postponed Tokyo Games might not go ahead in July 2021

Photo: KYODO

/NOVOSTIVL/ John Coates, head of the International Olympic Committee’s coordination commission, was quoted in The Australian on May 21 as expressing doubt over prospects for the Tokyo Olympics to be held in summer next year. Coates went on record as saying the decision on whether or not to proceed with the games in 2021 was likely to be made by October. This article appeared in Japan Times.

Meanwhile, weekly magazine Friday (June 12) dropped another bombshell, claiming to have obtained a copy of a report by an unnamed major travel agency that states the decision has already been made to cancel next year’s games.

The report concluded that national Olympic organizers have neither the time nor the resources to conduct the trials for athletes to represent their respective countries. Nations will be giving priority to budgetary concerns. Moreover, even if a vaccine for COVID-19 is developed, it’s unlikely it can be made available in quantities that will enable worldwide distribution. Finally, the contagion is just beginning to hit developing nations in Africa and Latin America and efforts to bring it under control are likely to be drawn out.

In another major blow to next year’s plans, major U.S. corporations such as United Airlines are expected to plead poverty and withdraw pledges of sponsorship for the games. U.S.-based journalist Hiromu Ibuki tells the magazine: “They see little value in sponsoring, in terms of business or publicity. Their honne (true feeling) is hoping the games will be canceled.”

Meanwhile, interest in UFOs has been rekindled with the April 27 releases of three videos shot by U.S. Navy pilots over Southern California.

A day later, reports Asahi Geino (June 4), Defense Minister Taro Kono told reporters that while he “does not believe in the existence of UFOs,” should Japan’s Self-Defense Forces encounter something out there, “they should follow procedure” - whatever that might be.

The timing in a way is fortuitous, as Japan’s Space Operation Squadron, with headquarters at Fuchu Air Station in western Tokyo, was formally launched on May 18. The unit’s main function at present appears to be surveillance of the heavens utilizing satellites.

In a somewhat fanciful article, Asahi Geino remarked that one of the new squadron’s first assignments will be to produce a manual for pilots who respond to UFO sightings.

“Should a UFO enter Japan’s air defense identification zone, ASDF planes will scramble,” military journalist Buntaro Kuroi tells the magazine. “They will transmit warnings that say, ‘You are about to enter Japanese airspace.'”

Still, says Kuroi, Japanese pilots will not attempt to shoot down any intruders unless they are fired upon first. They will follow orders from their commander to pursue them.

Should the intruders prove hostile, Japan would be likely to deploy F-15 fighters or possibly Patriot surface-to-air missiles. But would that be enough to contend against a more advanced civilization — perhaps like something out of the movie “Independence Day” - armed with sophisticated weaponry of which humans are incapable of even imagining? What will happen if Japan finds itself completely outclassed by the alien intruders?

“If it comes to that, I suppose there will be no other recourse but to request the U.S. military to respond with nuclear weapons,” Kuroi says. “This will invoke the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty; but as it cannot be imagined that only Japan would be attacked, it would call for response on a global scale.”

Perhaps, writes Asahi Geino, tongue firmly in cheek, that manual should instruct Japan’s pilots to treat UFOs as “friendlies” and leave well enough alone.