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Japan’s first lady: High-flying UFO rider
Call her what you want, but boring she is not.
Japan’s next first lady is making international headlines as more details emerge of her eccentric past.
Miyuki Hatoyama, now in the spotlight following her husband’s crushing lower-house election victory on Sunday, wrote about her extraterrestrial voyage in a book published last year entitled “Very Strange Things I’ve Encountered.”
“While my body was asleep, I think my soul rode on a triangular-shaped UFO and went to Venus,” the 66-year-old wrote about an experience she had some 20 years ago.
“It was a very beautiful place, and it was really green.”
And perhaps the experience is fitting — her husband, Prime Minister-elect Yukio Hatoyama, was once nicknamed “the alien” for his prominent eyes.
In the book, Miyuki writes that when she awoke from the experience she told her now ex-husband that she had just been to Venus. He dismissed her claim and told her it was probably just a dream.
But she insists her second husband would react differently.
“My current husband has a different way of thinking,” she wrote. “He would surely say ‘Oh, that’s great’.”
Miyuki, known for her culinary skills and appearances on TV cooking shows, spent six years acting in the Takarazuka Revue, an all-female musical theatre group.
She packed up and left Japan in her mid-20s and spent close to 10 years in America, where she later met the the U.S.-educated Yukio.
The author of several books — including a macrobiotic cookbook called “Miyuki Hatoyama’s Spiritual Food” and “Welcome to Hatoyama’s Kitchen” — reportedly styles her wavy-haired husband from head to toe.
On a daytime talk show earlier this year, Mrs. Hatoyama told viewers about her friendship with Tom Cruise in a past life and her desire to make a movie with him.
“This film will change your values. I will win the Oscar for sure,” Miyuki told the audience.
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