Image: International UFO Lab
A new facility dedicated to the study of UFOs just opened its doors in Japan. The International UFO Lab, which boast itself of being the nation's only civilian research institute for unidentified flying objects, was inaugurated on June 24.
Takeharu Mikami, who happens to be the editor-in-chief of the popular Nipponese mystery magazine Mu, was appointed the institute's director. During a press conference, Director Mikami unveiled his vision for the lab stating that, "Until now, even if UFOs were sighted, the information was shared only on an individual level. I hope the research lab will serve as a base for receiving information, and lead to new discoveries. I'd like to get to the bottom of their identity."
The location of the lab was carefully chosen for its historical significance related to the UAP phenomenon. The rural town of Iino - now incorporated into the Fukushima Prefecture - is reportedly a hotbed of paranormal activity and UFO sightings since the early '70s, a fact that elevated the region to the unofficial "Home of UFOs" throughout Japan. Now, with its own UAP center and museum featuring over 3000 catalogued pieces of UFO evidence, Iino is surely bound to attract enthusiastic tourists and researchers from all over the world looking to unravel the enigma.