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The human race will find life elsewhere in the universe as it pushes ahead with space exploration, astronauts back from the latest US space mission said.
The comments come after a surprisingly high-level debate in Japan about UFOs.
Nobutaka Machimura, the number two in government, said in December that he personally believed aliens existed, in an unusual rebuttal to a government statement that Japan had no knowledge of UFOs.
Defence Minister Shigeru Ishiba went as far as to say that he was studying the legal ramifications of responding to an alien attack in light of Japan's post-World War II pacifist constitution.