Mysterious ” UFO ” captures the imagination in Japan

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TOKYO, JAPAN —
This is not the stuff of little green men, but a mysterious balloon-like object floating in the sky of the north of Japan, has captured national attention, even prompting questions to the government. The unidentified flying object was first spotted Wednesday morning, when the residents of the north of Sendai city have taken to social media to post pictures and discuss what they saw.

“This white thing doesn’t move at all. What is it? Can someone tell me? “wrote a user, with the other chiming in, using the hashtag” unidentified flying object ” in Japanese.

The authorities said they were baffled by the object, which nearly images taken by local residents and the media suggest is composed of a ball like object attached to crossed sticks with propellers.

“The object looks like a balloon for weather monitoring, but this is not ours,” an official of the Sendai office of the Japan Meteorological Agency told AFP on Thursday.

The local police would have stolen a helicopter to confirm the presence of the object, but also drew a blank on his identity, even after consultation with other authorities and organisations.

Kyushu University aerospace department publicly denied that the device belonged to them, after the public speculation.

Shinichiro Higashino, associate professor in the department told Fuji TV that a close-up image suggested the object was equipped with solar panels.

“It is possible, it could make scientific observations or to monitor something,” he said.

The mystery has received national coverage, and has even led to a question for the top-of-the spokesperson of the government during his press briefing.

Yoshihide Suga has said that the government was aware of the mystery object, but batted away suggestions that it may be the work of foreign governments or be capable of causing damage.

The mystery may remain unresolved — the subject has now would have floated to the Pacific, where the authorities have lost track.

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