UFO lab in Fukushima City receiving many sighting reports from around the world(UFO研究所に世界から目撃情報続々)

Toshio Kanno, left, Hiroshi Saito, center, and Ryuichi Aso talk in front of the UFO Fureai-kan in Fukushima City.(UFOふれあい館の前に立つ(左から)菅野利男さん、斎藤弘さん、阿曽隆一さん)

 A center in Fukushima City calling itself the International UFO Lab says it has been receiving reports of UFOs ever since it first made public eyewitness accounts in June.


 On June 25, Takeharu Mikami, the 53-year-old director of the lab who also serves as editor-in-chief of the monthly occult magazine Mu, introduced the four accounts at an event held to commemorate the first anniversary of the lab's foundation inside the UFO Fureai-kan hall. The event was broadcast via a video-sharing website and covered by newspaper, television and other mass media. The UFO Fureai-kan was soon flooded with hundreds of reports of UFO lights as well as requests to visit the lab.


 The UFO Fureai-kan was established in 1992 by the then town government of Iino, which is now a part of Fukushima City, in an aim to help revitalize the area. Many sightings have been reported in the town, so it has been promoting the local area through unique ways such as installing UFO-shaped streetlights and bus stops, as well as a stone statue of an alien in the shopping street. Such activities have slowed in recent years, so the town came up with the idea of opening the UFO lab.


 Among people behind the lab was Ryuichi Aso, 52. "It was great that Mikami, the editor-in-chief of a popular magazine, was appointed as the director. I think fans of the lab will increase," Aso said.According to Toshio Kanno, the 72-year-old director of the UFO Fureai-kan, annual visitors to the facility have increased 50% since the lab opened.


 This year marks the 30th anniversary of the UFO Fureai-kan's opening, so the local revitalization committee is planning a festival in autumn to bring together fans from around the world. The committee also plans to work on "searching" for UFOs. They will, for example, install a searchlight to invite them to Mt. Senganmori near the facility, where there have been many reports of UFO sightings.Committee chairperson Hiroshi Saito, 67, said, "We would like our UFO village to come to life."

( Translated by The Japan News )


 【 2022年7月16日付・福島民友新聞掲載 】