by John Spiri
Special to The Japan Times
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
In December, Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura
caused quite a stir with his bold statement that "UFOs definitely
situation with Japanese Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba) In subsequent clarifications, the government claimed that
there have been no confirmed sightings, but if a UFO was to appear,
"fighter jets would be scrambled to
attempt visual confirmation."
A FERI member's
sketch depicts a diminutive "gray" extraterrestrial life form.
PHOTO COURTESY OF
While it could be that Machimura was
joking, it's also possible he was attempting to pave the way for
belief in the existence of alien life — at present a taboo — to
become an issue of public debate. For some prominent thinkers that
day can't come soon enough.
Alfred Lambremont Webre, a Yale graduate, Fulbright scholar, lawyer,
and judge on the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal, has spoken before
the Diet on U.N. treaty issues. He is also the director of the
Institute for Cooperation in Space. He helped found, and has written
extensively about, an emerging field of discourse known as exopolitics.
Webre is on a mission to educate the world about the greatest news
story in history: Humans not only share the universe with
intelligent life but these extraterrestrial species are about to
make their presence known.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
"Earth is an object of interest to a
larger universal society," Webre explained in an interview. "The
science-based approach of exopolitics shows that they have been
showing themselves on the periphery because humanity has not
been ready for the shock of revising their knowledge of
While Webre's belief in
the existence of
extraterrestrial life is based on documents and testimonies he has
amassed, Shigeru Osawa claims his knowledge of ETs came straight
from the horse's mouth. Osawa — a pseudonym — founded the Future
Earth Research Institute (FERI) in Japan and is working, like Webre,
to enlighten humanity about unknown sources of energy.
Osawa, who gives talks throughout Japan about the dynamics of vortex
"ki" energy and the future of Earth, says he acquired his knowledge
directly from alien civilizations.
"There are one trillion stars in our
galaxy," Osawa expounded. "Each has a solar system, with eight
to 10 planets circulating, like ours.
"Around most of those 1 trillion stars there are planets with
life. Among them, there are 500 million with higher intelligent
life, like monkeys. Among those, 80 million have language
ability, and among those, 6,800 have technology to travel in
"An alien race known as Betelgeuse,
which hails from the top-left alpha star within the Orion
constellation, created a
space federation by conquering various
planets. They're highly advanced in space technology though not
very spiritually evolved. Before them the prevailing
civilization was from
Pleiades; they were gentle and created the
Atlantis on Earth 400,000 years ago. But the Pleiadeans were chased away by powerful forces from Alinilam,
who later were conquered by Betelgeuse about 40,000 years ago.
It's been like 'Star Wars.' "
The source of Osawa's knowledge is out
of this world.
"I speak with ETs and have traveled
in space. I speak with the gods while in a kind of meditative
state, but I do no spiritual practice. You can't get
enlightenment through spiritual practice.
"At first I channeled; now I can communicate directly whenever I
like. I ask questions, and they answer 'yes' or 'no.'
"I gained 'satori' (enlightenment) when I was 34. Aliens often
implant 'kon' — like a computer program — in earthlings, usually
during childhood, so we (those with kon implants) are
half-aliens. We four were implanted," Osawa stated, indicating
the three other members of FERI.
Osawa, who used to be a master of the "I
Ching," the Chinese ancient book of divination, made his statements
matter-of-factly, with no hint of irony, but sometimes with a touch
of humor. He seemed to be amusing and surprising himself as he
explained the teachings he receives. At one point during our
interview he plunged into prayer, quietly chanting, with hands
circulating as if to form a ball — or a world.
FERI member Sachiko Suzuki — who like her fellow implanted
colleagues chose to use an assumed name — is a healer and psychic
who presently lives up a mountain on Shikoku.
Her close encounters
of the third kind started at her parents' 14th-floor apartment in
"I first traveled to alien worlds
when I was 18. Before I knew what was happening, I found myself
inside a flying saucer.
"I had fallen asleep, but then I woke up in dark space. I was
floating, looking out through a window pane. Somebody was
talking to me telepathically. He was an older male, speaking
Japanese. He told me, 'I will show you how stars die.'
"He told me to look straight ahead, where I saw a blue star,
round, the size of a ball. There was a dark point in the center,
and it started blowing up. The blackness then covered
everything. Only a blue ring was left. The ring then flew away
"Then I realized that, just like a human being, the soul was
coming out of the star's body. I realized the star had a life
and a soul, just like a human, and when it dies the soul leaves
"It dissolved into the darkness. That was my first trip."
FERI member Yoshimitsu Kunitsune has
also traveled to alien worlds after falling into a trance-like
state. Unlike Suzuki, however, he has never seen a UFO.
While the claims of Future Earth Research Institute founder Osawa
are somewhat fantastical, the stories of contact with
extraterrestrials told by other Japanese have been more down to
earth, as it were. The testimony of 1986 JAL pilot Captain Kenju
Terauchi is often cited by UFO enthusiasts.
While flying over Alaska, Terauchi and his copilot spotted what
appeared to be aircraft lights. After performing some cat-and-mouse
maneuvers (as if the source of the lights was playing with the JAL
craft, says Terauchi), light poured into the cockpit, warming
Later Terauchi saw,
"a silhouette of a gigantic
spaceship" and thought, "We've gotta get out of here quickly!"
After that they saw the UFO ascending,
leaving the pilots to wonder — and fear — what the craft's purpose
UFO enthusiasts claim this craft was caught on radar, and that the
official Federal Aviation Administration transcripts of the
exchanges between Terauchi and ground control have been preserved.
They also say Terauchi was grounded and given a desk job for
speaking out in public about his encounter.
Brushes with authority and government — most often with "men in
black" from super-secret departments in the U.S. military seeking to
suppress eyewitness testimony and evidence — are common to many
accounts of the aftermath of alien encounters. The Disclosure
Project, started by ex-physician
Steven Greer, consists of some 400
individuals, most U.S. government civil-servant whistle-blowers, who
claim to have direct evidence of UFOs or of clandestine government
programs that suppress UFO information. Webre is one of over 100
former high-level governmental and military Disclosure Project
witnesses. These individuals claim that a person who speaks out
about UFOs may have their livelihoods — or even their lives —
Webre notes that reporter Angelia Joiner, who covered the world's
most recent UFO sighting in Stephenville, Texas, on Feb. 12, has
been fired from her job at the town's local newspaper, the
Empire-Tribune, after being told to back off from the story. Webre
believes she paid the price for bringing to light a series of
eyewitness accounts of UFO sightings.
Osawa and the other FERI members declined to have their photos
taken, citing security concerns and previous encounters with "men in
black" and helicopters.
Although they gamely answered questions about UFOs for this article,
FERI's main concern is introducing earthlings to revolutionary
teachings known to alien civilizations about space and energy that
they say could have massive implications for humanity. Like Webre,
FERI members claim that perfectly clean and sustainable energy forms
are available that can literally take humans deep into the cosmos.
For those looking for a happy ending, however, don't turn to Osawa.
"Humans will go through various
challenges, especially in
2013. It's clear to the gods
that humans cannot overthrow their corrupt governments, so they
will have to remove all powers from the Earth by way of natural
catastrophes like earthquakes and epidemics. Economies will
collapse. Civilizations will face fatal crises.
"To assist humans in coping with those dire situations, four
mother ships will land on Earth: one in Calgary, another in
California, one in Nagano Prefecture, and the final one in
eastern Australia. Then more alien saucers will land in other
parts of the world."
Webre sees a less cataclysmic scenario
"We are not on the edge of an
extinction-level event. Exopolitics shows that humanity is on
the threshold of a new era of promise and positive evolution,
not doom and destruction."