An official from Hakui said Friday the city has been looking into the requisities for becoming a data base on mysteries of the universe -- with particular emphasis on research on unidentified flying objects.
"In the future, we hope the (Hakui) facilities will become the focus of international attention in terms of collecting and disseminating information on UFOs," said city official Toru Wada.
Researchers in Hakui, located on the Japan Sea coast 310 miles west of Tokyo, already have spent 10 years acquiring documentation on UFO sightings.
Hakui's library has more than 10,000 official documents relating to UFO phenomena, Wada said.
Wada said among the information housed there are reports by both the CIA and FBI -- including a 1950 FBI report on the recovery of the bodies of three supposed alien beings and fragments of a mysterious craft.
The city's facilities for extraterrestrial research include a hall capable of holding international symposiums and exhibitions, a theme park and a library.
Josef (sic) Takano, 38, who works for the Hakui municipality and is a prime mover behind the UFO center, told the Kyodo News Service documents were also obtained from countries such as Britain, France and Canada.
"We are not seeking to offer any conclusions on the existence of UFOs," Takano said. "Rather, we just want to provide people with information so that they can make their own judgment."
Takano began studing extraterrestrial phenomena in his student days and has a personal collection of thousands of books on UFOs.
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