Japan launches investigation into UFO sightings after being named a ‘hotspot’ for sightings

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Japan has formed a task force to investigate UFOs after the country was described as a “hotspot” for strange aerial sightings in a Pentagon report released last year.

CBS Reports that the group in question, what is known officially known as the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Clarification League for Security-Oriented National Security, has recently begun its work. It was already announced in Mayand consists of numerous high-ranking parliamentary officials, including former Japanese defense officials. However, the group does not seem particularly interested in finding evidence of aliens. CBS reports that officials associated with the group have said that UFOs could actually be “surveillance drones or weapons.”

A prominent member of the group, Yoshiharu Asakawa, said that while UFOs are generally considered “an occult matter,” it is entirely possible that they are “highly advanced secret weapons or disguised spy drones” that could “pose a significant threat to the security of our country,” CBS reported.

Japan was identified as a center of unexplained aerial activity last year in a report by the All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), a little-known division of the U.S. Department of Defense, and since then the country has become increasingly interested in investigating the phenomenon.

Japan’s efforts mirror similar efforts by the United States and other Western countries in recent years. Last summer, the U.S. Congress held a meeting a public hearing about UFOs, in which several former government officials made claims of a government cover-up. A newly passed law will meanwhile force the US National Archives to Collect all official documents related to UFOs and publish them for public inspection.

I wish the Japanese good luck, although it must be said that the UFO issue has been around for ages and people have been trying to get to the bottom of it for just as long. It’s hard to believe that anyone will make any serious progress now.