If men are from Mars, do first ladies visit Venus?

The wife of Japan's incoming prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama, claimed in a book called "Most Bizarre Things I've Encountered" that she flew in a UFO to Venus in the 1970s, where she made fast friends with the natives, the Times of London reported.

“While my body was sleeping, I think my spirit flew on a triangular-shaped UFO to Venus,” wrote Miyuki Hatoyama. “It was an extremely beautiful place and was very green.”

The space-bound spouse has also been a musical actress, cookbook writer, designer and TV personality — and says that she was friends long ago with Tom Cruise, whom she knew in a previous life when he was Japanese.

She would be regarded as nutty anywhere in the world, but in Japan’s staid political culture she is unique, the Times reported, embraced as a "tarento" or "talent" — an artist and entertainer who is encouraged to be more flamboyant and colorful than everyone else.

Mrs. Hatoyama began her career in the Takarazuka Revue, a troupe of female singers and dancers who perform romantic musicals for middle-aged Japanese women, the paper reported.

She was living in California with her first husband when she met a young Mr. Hatoyama, who was studying engineering at Stanford University.

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