The US Department of Defense has released a document that outlines the locations considered to be the "world's UFO hotspots." UFO is short for unidentified flying objects.
This document is based on reports spanning from 1996 to 2023 and includes a map illustrating the areas where unidentified object sightings have been reported most frequently.
The release of this map comes shortly after the Pentagon's top official acknowledged the existence of hundreds of mysterious objects observed worldwide.
According to the map, some of the UFO sighting hotspots include Nagasaki and Hiroshima in Japan.
In Japan, the small town of Iinomachi in Fukushima prefecture, also known as "UFO Town," has gained attention as a tourist destination.
In an effort to promote itself as a hub for extraterrestrial activity, Iinomachi has adorned its streets with alien-themed decorations.
Additionally, it is home to the International UFO Lab, an organisation dedicated to the study of aliens, led by enthusiast Takeharu Mikami since its establishment in 2021.
The International UFO Lab recently shared six photos in June that were believed to be of UFOs. These photos were reportedly taken in various areas, including Kobe and Fukushima in Japan, among others.
Out of a total of 494 reports received from individuals in Japan and around the world, only a few were considered significant.
Many of the reported sightings turned out to be drones, birds, or simply reflections.
Beyond Japan, UFO sightings have been reported in the US, on both the east and west coasts, including in California, and also in the Middle East region, including Iraq and Syria.
The US government has released a map as part of a five-page report titled UAP Reporting Trends.
This report was posted on the new website of the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), a specialised department focused on UFOs.
The AARO was established in July of last year.
The AARO's website will provide information about the department and its efforts to understand and resolve unidentified anomalous phenomena. This information will be made available to the public.
The launch of the AARO's website could indicate a potential increase in the US government's efforts to share information about UFO activity.
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