JAPAN is drawing up plans for UFO encounters after the Pentagon released a series of videos of "aerial phenomena".
Three videos were released by the US defence department after they leaked showing military pilots encounters with UFOs.
Japan's defence ministry is now said to be preparing a plan of action for their pilots to deal with any such unexplained events, reports Nippon.
Defence chiefs are plotting out how pilots can respond to, record and report any unusual encounters with unidentified objects.
Taro Kono, defence minister, said Japan's pilots have never reported any UFOs, but the protocols are being prepared to "cover the possibility".
F-15 pilots are reportedly set to be briefed on the potential encounters which officials fear may "confuse" them.
Fighter jets at seven bases across Japan are scrambled to monitor and identify any unknown aircraft – and now they will have a proper reporting procedure for UFOs.
It came as the Pentagon finally released three clips showing their pilots interacting with unexplained phenomena after determining the footage did not reveal "any sensitive capabilities or systems".
The US defence department said after review the three clips don't "impinge on any subsequent investigations of [these types of] military air space incursions".
The clips show three separate incidents involving "unidentified aerial phenomena," one from November 2004 and two from January 2015.
The 2004 video shows the infamous USS Nimitz "Tic Tac" incident, shot by pilot Chad Underwood.
And the two incidents from 2015 show similar hovering objects as pilots exclaim "what the f*** is that thing?!".
The Tic Tac incident unfolded during aircraft carrier group exercises in the Pacific, off the coast of Mexico, with six pilots in total spotting the strange sight.
They described seeing a "Tic Tac-shaped" object about 40 feet long hovering some 50 feet above the water.
One baffled pilot who spotted the UFO said: "It would go from like 50 feet off the ground… it looked like it was just hovering over the water.
“But there was no method of propulsion that was keeping it airborne: no wings, no heat, keeping it airborne or aloft.”
One pilot reportedly said the object accelerated off "like nothing I’ve ever seen" when the aircraft approached.
After part of the clip leaked in 2017, the Pentagon acknowledged the existence of its Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program – which was founded in 2007 to study UFOs before being disbanded in 2012.
Former senator, Harry Reid said he was "glad" the Pentagon had released the material, but hinted the clips "only scratched the surface".
He added: "The US needs to take a serious, scientific look at this and any potential national security implications. The American people deserve to be informed".
US President Donald Trump called the footage a "hell of a video" – before musing "I just wonder if its real".
In a statement upon the release of the clips, the Pentagon said: "The US Navy previously acknowledged that these videos circulating in the public domain were indeed Navy videos.
"DOD is releasing the videos in order to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real, or whether or not there is more to the videos.
"The aerial phenomena observed in the videos remain characterized as 'unidentified'."
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