On June 24, 2022, Japan released the results of a year-long UFO Research Project conducted by the International UFO Laboratory – Japan’s only research institute for unidentified flying objects.
The head of the lab says that in one year – from June 2021 to June 2022 – his researchers recorded 452 UFO-like sightings in the Inomachi area.
Of these sightings, 125 were accompanied by photographs and 24 were accompanied by videos. Of these, four prove to be very convincing. The collection also includes a photo taken in 2018.
But, most notably, Inomachi is located in Fukushima Prefecture, just a few kilometers from the site of the famous nuclear power plant disaster caused by the 2011 earthquake.
Could there be a connection between Fukushima and the many UFO sightings in the area? In fact, Inomachi has been considered the most active UFO site in Japan for decades. There are even versions that it was a UFO, and not an earthquake, that caused the accident in Fukushima.
The International UFO Laboratory was opened in Inomachi on World UFO Day on June 24, 2021 at the initiative of Takeharu Mikami, editor-in-chief of the Japanese paranormal magazine Mu.
He immediately began hiring researchers to analyze and investigate UFO reports in the area, which had seen unexplained activity since the 1970s.
During those years, local residents began reporting sightings of a cone-shaped glowing object over the town of Iino, near Mount Senganmori, which is now a suburb of Fukushima.
Ufologist Tsugio Kinoshita was an eyewitness to a UFO on the mountain in 1972 when he was there with four friends. He believes that aliens have tried to make contact with them to announce their existence.
UFO stories in this region begin two centuries ago. There is a historical document from the early 19th century that a strangely shaped object was found off the coast of northeastern Ibaraki Prefecture, where Mount Senganmori is located. From this object emerges a pale woman speaking in an unknown language and holding a strange object in her hands.
Many local people believe that Mount Senganmori itself, which looks a bit like a cone, is an artificially constructed ancient pyramid.
There have also been numerous reports of other unusual occurrences in the area, such as malfunctioning compasses and other strong magnetic field anomalies.
All of this has led many to speculate that Senganmori is an alien base, or at least a beacon for alien travelers. Numerous UFO sightings in the area, including recent ones, support these claims.
There are so many UFO sightings in Inomachi that in 1992 an Interactive UFO Hall was opened there – a huge room containing details and photographs, a collection of approximately 3,000 materials donated to the hall by the late ufologist Kinichi Arai.