The U.S. Department of Defense unveiled a document detailing the world’s primary UFO sighting locations, according to a report from the Daily Mail.
The document includes a map pinpointing areas reporting the highest number of unidentified object sightings, based on data from 1996 to 2023, according to the Daily Mail report.
Dr. Sean Kirkpatrick, director of the Pentagon’s All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office, stated, “We see these all over the world, and we see these making very interesting apparent manoeuvres.”
The map highlights several regions, including Nagasaki and Hiroshima in Japan, the east and west coasts of the U.S. and parts of the Middle East as primary locations for UFO sightings, the report noted.
While many associate UFO sightings predominantly with the U.S., the DoD map suggests Japan and areas of the Middle East, including Iraq and Syria, are also significant hotspots, according to the report.
Another notable location in Japan is the small community of Iinomachi in Fukushima Prefecture, colloquially known as “UFO Town,” the report noted.
This town has embraced its reputation, decorating streets with extraterrestrial-themed ornaments and promoting itself as a haven for alien enthusiasts.
Iinomachi is also home to the International UFO Lab, established in 2021 by Takeharu Mikami, a known alien enthusiast.
Earlier this year, the lab showcased six images of potential UFOs, as reported by the Japan Times, which were selected from 494 reports they received over the year.
The AARO (All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office) was established in July 2022 within the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense. Its primary role is to investigate unidentified flying objects and other unexplained phenomena.
The recent unveiling of the AARO website aims to provide the public with insights into the organization’s efforts to understand and address these unidentified occurrences, according to the Daily Mail report.
The website promises to share photos, videos and information on resolved UAP cases once they are declassified and approved for public release, the report added.
This move toward openness comes after David Grusch, a former intelligence official, testified before Congress in July, claiming the Pentagon was suppressing evidence related to extraterrestrial beings.
“My testimony is based on information I’ve been given by individuals with a long-standing track record of legitimacy,” Grusch testified.
He claimed individuals had provided him with photographic evidence, official documentation and classified oral testimonies about UFOs.
Grusch also claimed the U.S. government possesses extraterrestrial vehicles but did not present any supporting evidence for his claims during his congressional testimony.
Those allegations were refuted by Kirkpatrick, who characterized Grusch’s statements about secret programs related to UFOs as “insulting.”