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Japan says balloon like U.S. one spotted in Kyushu in 2022

Tokyo to work with Washington to analyze and exchange details

Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said at Thursday's press briefing, "We will do our best to collect and analyze information on the balloon while cooperating with our allies," referring to a balloon spotted over the Kyushu region in January 2022.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- The Japanese government confirmed on Thursday that a balloon similar to the Chinese spy balloon that flew over the U.S. last week was spotted in the western Kyushu region in January last year.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said on Thursday at a press conference that a balloon of unknown origin was spotted over the high seas west of Kyushu in January 2022. He said the balloon resembled a Chinese reconnaissance device. 

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