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Tom Cruise and aliens: The bizarre world of Japan's first lady

September 4th, 2009
02:29 PM ET

(CNN) - In an age in which we have grown used to politicians and their spouses being "on message" at all times, the bizarre entry onto the world stage of the wife of Japanese prime-minister elect Yukio Hatoyama has certainly made for entertaining headlines.

Since being launched into the spotlight by her husband’s surprise victory in last week’s general election, Miyuki Hatoyama has claimed that she knew Tom Cruise in a previous life in which the Hollywood star was Japanese and revealed that the couple "eat the sun."

"I guess you’re wondering how I’m eating it. But I just take it and eat it like that," she said in a television interview, grabbing a fist of air and putting her hand to her mouth. "I just grab it and eat it. It makes me feel good."

Previously, Hatoyama has also claimed that her soul traveled to Venus with aliens on a triangular-shaped UFO.

But should we care what Miyuki Hatoyama thinks when it is her husband who has been elected to the challenge of fixing the world’s second-largest economy?

Is she an entertaining sideshow, or should we be worried that a woman of such eccentric opinions holds the ear of one of the world's most powerful men?

Or is Mrs. Hatoyama a breath of fresh air in a still male-dominated world in which glamorous "first ladies" are still expected to dutifully attend banquets and summits on the arms of their husbands –- but keep their opinions to themselves?

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