New Reports About the
UFO Museum in Japan

( Beyond Boundaries & J. Stepkowski,August, 1996 )



I remember at the Star Knowledge UFO Conference in June, we had just heard that the UFO Museum to be opened in Japan was cancelled indefinitely .. but here, from a few posts to the IUFO Mailing List we discover, that there was no intention at all for such a Museum to be done ... it is a shame that such game planning continues to go on related to the truth about the UFOs. We believe in '97, finally some of the truth will come out and our perception of reality will forever be changed ....

Illinois





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Date: Sat, 17 Aug 1996 19:29:12 -0500 (CDT)
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From: "Joyce L. Murphy" {jmurphy@onramp.net}
Subject: Re: Truth about UFO Museum?
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Beyond Boundaries just received a message today from a very prominent well known UFO Researcher in Japan (think at this time I should not reveal his name). I would like to quote a few statements from his letter to us.

begin quote here:

The much publicized UFO Museum in Hakui City, Japan, has been opened on July 1, 1996, as scheduled. We found out after contacting the local newspapers there because it was not reported in any national newspapers nor in any news media outside its district. But, it turned out to be an ordinary space museum, not the specialized UFO museum as publicized widely abroad. We have found no special mention of UFO in small news reports both before and after its opening. In the local area of the museum one of the papers carried a one page advertisement of the museum sponsored by 60 or so mainly construction related companies listed in the lower part of the ad. There was no mention of UFOs.

end of quote


Beyond Boundaries does not want to do anything unprofessional by revealing the names of people involved in the events but the letter goes on to say that only a few researchers outside of Japan have called the Hakui Space Musuem the Hakui UFO Museum and that the whole matter was laughing stock among serious UFO researchers of Japan. There was never any interest on the part of the Japanese government in the museum and in getting UFO information out to the world that governments everywhere have been keeping from the populace. There is much proof, according to the author of this letter, in the form of specific news articles mentioned concerning the Space Museum, the city plan of Hakui for the museum, and the fact that although a few of the local town businesses are calling Hakui the town of UFOs, the visitors to the museum so far have not been satisfied at all by the small amount of actual UFO information on display and present within the museum.

The writer was seriously worried about the planned Beyond Boundaries expedition, directed by Robert and Cecilia Dean, and coming all the way to Hakui for almost nothing in the subject of UFO information offered by the museum. Then he hears that we have cancelled suddenly this expedition and is sincerely concerned that we spent time and money coming to Japan last March to arrange contacts and logistics for the expedition.

Well, folks, for us here the mystery deepens. We, at Beyond Boundaries, were a little devastated when we received a FAX back in June from a spokesperson telling us that if we arrived at the museum on July 1st for the opening ceremonies we would not be allowed to attend. Then there was an announcement included in the FAX that due to diplomatic and bureaucratic situations at the museum the conference scheduled at the facility for late July had also been cancelled. This surprising information came to us following our reading the press coverage the day before of the agreeing upon and signing, finally, the U.S. Japanese Trade Agreement. When we visited the unfinished museum last March the director of the museum - not mentioning names here either - was bubbling over with excitement about the massive amount of UFO information the museum was going to offer the public for the first time ever in the world! This was the project of his lifetime and there was no doubt the guy was totally sincere and then when we were present May 18th in Burbank for the "alien implant" removals he was also a guest for the event, traveling all the way from Japan. The sincerety and excitement about the UFO information being offered to the world was still a part of him. The mystery is - just what did happen? Where is this information now if it is not in the museum and what happened to the promises of revealing these secrets that governments have been keeping from us?

Well, the kind folks who were signed on as expedition members for this planned Japan expedition just decided to go on our cropcircles and UFOs of Scotland trip instead and this expedition, from which we have just returned, is one of the most successful ever in the findings and learning experiences that synchronistically occurred with this group of 17 persons. By the way we will be publishing a free copy of our newsletter and have photos of the Stonehenge glyph and the recent circles photographed from our helicopter as well as a video of the entire expedition available.

For more information on joining our Beyond Boundaries UFO Research organization e-mail at address:

jmurphy@onramp.net

Also, any information to help us solve this mystery would certainly be appreciated! - Joyce


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From: John Stepkowski {legion@werple.net.au}
Subject: Re: Truth about UFO Museum?
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Date: Thu, 22 Aug 1996 08:01:23 +1000 (EST)

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Hi Joyce...

* Joyce L. Murphy , writes:

> Beyond Boundaries just received a message today from a very prominent
> well known UFO Researcher in Japan (think at this time I should not
> reveal his name). I would like to quote a few statements from his
> letter to us.

   [...]
   
 > There was never any interest on the part of the Japanese government 
 > in the museum and in getting UFO information out to the world that 
 > governments everywhere have been keeping from the populace.  
 
   [...]
   
 > Then there was an announcement included in the FAX that due to
 > diplomatic and bureaucratic situations at the museum the conference
 > scheduled at the facility for late July had also been cancelled.  This
 > surprising information came to us following our reading the press
 > coverage the day before of the agreeing upon and signing, finally, the
 > U.S.  Japanese Trade Agreement. 
Why would this trade agreement have anything to do with the museum opening allegedly being cancelled? The agreement was hardly favourable towards Japan - it forced them to end their policy of imposing import quotas on U.S. products - so where's the connection?

 > When we visited the unfinished museum last March the director of the 
 > museum - not mentioning names here either
May I mention a name, Johsen Takano?
 > - was bubbling over with excitement about the massive amount of UFO
 > information the museum was going to offer the public for the first time
 > ever in the world! This was the project of his lifetime
The project of _his_ lifetime, and not an official Japanese government program to educate the world about UFOs?
 > The mystery is - just what did happen?  Where is this information now 
 > if it is not in the museum and what happened to the promises of 
 > revealing these secrets that governments have been keeping
 > from us?
Since you have access to Johsen Takano, may I suggest you direct this question to him? Mr Takano has made many contradictory claims about this "UFO" museum over the years, and much of the world's confusion over the facility is due entirely to him. For example...

When crop circle enthusiast Colin Andrews first promoted Takano to the world three years ago via his lectures and CPR Newsletters, he wrote, (CPR Newsletter - Fall '93):

"[Takano] explained that this was the beginning of a very important government program following adoption of a new policy to educate the Japanese people about the UFO phenomenon within the next three years. ... This was the first I was aware of the Japanese government's decision to reveal information about the UFO and other related phenomena. I could not believe what I was hearing, yet at a deeper level, I have expected similar developments from the west in a similar time frame."

Here Takano, according to Andrews, was claiming to be part of an official "Japanese" government plan to "educate" the Japanese people about the UFO phenomenon. But, curiously, when Takano was interviewed by UPI in January, '94 for a news story in which this UFO museum was stated to be entirely a Hakui City project, he said:

"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."

Strange. If the Japanese government wanted to educate its citizens about UFOs and, as Bob Dean claimed, was going to display dead ETs and UFO crash debris, they would very definitely be offering conclusions on the existance of UFOs.

Stranger still is that when plans for the Hakui Space museum were first announced in 1989 by the Mayor of Hakui city, Kazuo Shiotani, he had no doubts about the aim and purpose of including UFOs in such a museum. Antonio Huneeus, writing in the spring 1993 _UFO UNIVERSE_, pp 44-45, stated:

"The Japan Times" quoted Mayor Kazuo Shiotani saying that "our idea is that if we build a museum or a library devoted to UFOs, we will be able to attract more conventions and tourists. We want Hakui to be a town that everyone in Japan knows."

So this "UFO" museum was entirely the idea of the small textile town of Hakui, and its purpose was "to attract more conventions and tourists."

This fact would have been confirmed to anyone who'd bothered to contact their nearest Japanese embassy. I did and was told that there was no official Japanese government interest in UFOs, and there were no plans to "educate" its citizens about UFOs.

The plans for the Hakui museum did show one small section which was labelled "UFO", but this was a very small section indeed, and was immediately next to an area labelled "SETI". But this small section was "very" important, at least according to Mr Takano.

The many stories coming directly from and attributed to Mr Takano are amazing, but none more than his incredible claim to have seen "official" U.S. government pictures of dead Roswell ETs. Michael Hesemann claims that Takano said he was:

flown with two others to the CIA HQ in Langley to view 5 hours of material including the same autopsies. (as the ones shown in the Santilli video.)

On June 29, 1995, Ray Santilli announced that:

Colin Andrews came to my office two days ago with a team of Chinese officials. Last year as part of an exchange of information the CIA had shown them their footage of Roswell. The four officials in my room confirmed that my footage was from the same batch they saw...As you would expect it was an exciting moment for us all."

It was later confirmed by Hesemann that these "Chinese" officials were in fact Johsen Takano and a Prof. Chiang of a Taiwanese UFO group.

Mr Takano provided Chiang with some of the ET pictures he claimed he'd received during his alleged high-level visit to the CIA, and Chiang published them in a book. Unfortunately for Chiang, and anyone else who took Takano's story seriously, the pictures that Takano produced were the same rubber ETs from the Roswell museum display that were posted to the Internet last year as "Chinese ETs", and recently appeared in 'Penthouse'.

Mr Takano has a lot of questions to answer. Joyce, perhaps you could contact him and ask why he's been misleading so many people for so many years over "his" so-called "UFO" museum? Why did he claim it was an "official" Japanese government UFO education project when all along it was a local Hakui City enterprise to attract tourists?

You might also ask him about his alleged visit to the CIA; why he claimed that the rubber ETs on display at the Roswell International UFO Museum and Research Centre were the same ones seen in the Santilli footage?; why did he give Chiang pictures of those rubber Roswell ETs and claim he got them from the CIA?; why has the Hakui town council become reluctant to promote the "UFO" aspect of the Space museum? Has it anything to do with the "UFO" exhibit he arranged in April of 1994 that comprised: "about 70 panels of photos, videos, and various UFO related materials"? According to a review of this exhibition in the "Hokkoku Shimbun" newspaper, the displays 'drew nothing but complaints such as "Is this all?" and "This was disappointing!"'

If Mr Takano is able to provide some answers to these questions, perhaps you could post them here for the benefit of all of us?

In the meantime, the only official Japanese agency that knows anything about the Hakui "UFO" Museum is the Japan National Tourist Organization. Perhaps those UFOlogical Paul Reveres - Colin Andrews, Bob Dean and Johsen Takano - who have been pointing to the Hakui "UFO" Museum and shouting "The UFO Uncover-up is coming! The UFO Uncover-up is coming!" would care to explain why the delicate and important task of extra-terrestrial diplomacy and education has been handed to the Japanese tourism authority?

Appended is a press release from the Japan National Tourist Organization about the Hakui "space theme park and museum." Not a dead ET or crashed UFO in sight.

Thanks,

John


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                              JAPAN
                            
                  where the past greets the future
        
          
    News from  Japan National Tourist Organization
 

    CONTACT	  PATRICK WILSON          0171 734 9638     31 July 1996
    

                   *** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ***

                   
                   UFOs sited in Central Japan
                   
             'Cosmo Isle Hakui' Space Park now open
             
    The Noto peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture is famed for its
    wildlife, and the nearby city of Kanazawa is an important
    historical and cultural site.  Now the area boasts a new
    attraction in the otherworldly form of a space theme park and
    museum.  Cosmo Isle Hakui, a three-storey exhibition complex in
    the shape of a giant flying saucer.
    
    Despite its alien appearance, the facility has a peaceful mission
    - to educate visitors about human achievements in space science,
    and promote a sense of wonder at the vastness and strangeness of
    the universe.  A special section is devoted to UFOs, with a
    library of accumulated official documents relating to UFO
    sightings.
    
    
    Data File:
    

    Floor area 6,470 sq.m                Admission: (children half price)
    Open Hours: 10:00-22:00              Exhibition Hall (2F) Y800
    Holidays: Tues, 3rd Weds             Planetarium (3F) Y700
    
    Access:  Hakui is 40 min by JR Express from Kanazawa.
    
    Further details:   Cosmo Isle Hakui Tel: (0081) 767 22 9888
    Fax: (0081) 767 22 1947
    


JAPAN NATIONAL TOURIST ORGANIZATION


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From: John Stepkowski {legion@werple.net.au}
Subject: "Official Documents" At "UFO" Museum
To: iufo@alterzone.com
Date: Thu, 22 Aug 1996 08:10:37 +1000 (EST)


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Hi All..

A July 31, 1996 press release from the Japan National Tourist Organization provides information about the long-awaited and greatly misrepresented 'Cosmo Isle Hakui' Space (and UFO) museum.

The release informs us that:

A special section (of the Museum) is devoted to UFOs, with a library of accumulated official documents relating to UFO sightings.

A library of accumulated "official UFO documents" sounds impressive enough, but what sort of "official" documents could they be? A clue to their nature is contained in a Jan 7, 1994, UPI interview with one Toru Wada and Johsen Takano, Hakui city employee and energetic promoter of the so-called "UFO Museum."

>From the UPI newswire, Jan 7, 1994:

   [...]

       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.
 
=====
A "1950 FBI report on the recovery of the bodies of three supposed alien beings" sounds impressive enough, but is it worth going all the way to Hakui city to view this document? Well, no, not when you can purchase this same document from CAUS, your nearest UFO group, or view it for free at one of the many Internet UFO archive sites. You see, this "official" 1950 FBI report that Messers Wada and Takano laboured for 10 years to amass is just one of the many UFO-related documents released under the FOIA in the past 20 years. The 1950 FBI report Wada referred to, better known as the "Hottel memo", is neither new nor earth-shattering, and hardly merits a trip all the way to Japan. Unless someone can come up with a slick marketing campaign to get you there with promises of more exciting UFO fare...

Appended are copies of the complete UPI newswire story, and a copy of the Hottel memo. Read it, and save yourselves the cost of an expensive plane trip to Japan. Unless you want to go for the sushi, and a ride on the Bullet train.

Thanks,

John

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  >Date: Fri, 7 Jan 94
       
  TOKYO (UPI) -- Questions about the existence of alien beings from outer
  space may find answers in a small city in western Japan that aims to
  become the world information center on UFOs.
     
           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.
===

NOTE: THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENT WAS OBTAINED THROUGH NORMAL CHANNELS, INCLUDING THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA). THE DOCUMENT IS NOT A HOAX. PARANET RATES THE DOCUMENT *ITSELF* S5/P5, MEANING THE DOCUMENT IS COMPLETELY AUTHENTIC, AND THE CONTENT IS HIGHLY STRANGE. THERE IS NO WAY OF EVALUATING THE RELIABILITY OF THE DOCUMENT'S CONTENT, AS IT CONTAINS SECOND, THIRD AND FOURTH HAND INFORMATION.

  
  CITIZENS AGAINST UFO SECRECY (CAUS) IS OUR SOURCE FOR THE DOCUMENT.
  --------------------------------------------------------------------
  
  Office Memorandum                         UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
  
  TO: DIRECTOR, FBI                             DATE: March 22, 1950
  
  FROM: GUY HOTTEL, SAC, WASHINGTON
  
  SUBJECT: FLYING SAUCERS
           INFORMATION CONCERNING
  
  
  The following information was furnished to SA [blanked] by 
  [                       blanked                          ]
  [blanked]
  
  An investigator for the Air Forces stated that three so-called
  flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico. They were 
  described as being circular in shape with raised centers, approxi-
  mately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies 
  of human shape but only three feet tall, dressed in metallic cloth 
  of a very fine texture. Each body was bandaged in a manner similar 
  to the blackout suits used by speed flyers and test pilots.
  
  According to Mr. [blanked] informant, the saucers were found in New 
  Mexico due to the fact that the Government has a very high-powered 
  radar set-up in that area and it is believed the radar interferes 
  with the controling mechanism of the saucers.
  
  No further evaluation was attempted by SA [blank] concerning the above.
  
  
  
  RHK:VIM

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