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Following a political funding scandal and his failure to move a U.S. Marine Corps base off the island of Okinawa, Japanese PM Yukio Hatoyama resigned Wednesday after only eight months in office.
Beyond politics, Hatoyama was known for dressing in an outre 90′s sorta way and being married to Miyuki Hatoyama, who claimed to have known Tom Cruise in a past life and have been to outer space.
In other words, the Hatoyamas were the kind of people we’d like to party with.
Naoto Kan, Japan’s current Finance Minister, and Katsuya Okada, are rumored to be on the short-list of Hatoyama’s successors. According to Wikipedia, Kan’s hobby is the board game Go and Okada is an “avid collector” of…frog knick-knacks.
In other words, Hatoyama’s successor is the kind of person our Hardass Asian Parents would like to party with.
BOO. NO FUN.
[photos via HuffPo]
[AP: Japan politics shaken by PM Hatoyama's resignation]
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You may have heard by now of the historic election that took place in Japan Sunday, where the Democratic Party of Japan won a landslide victory in parliament over the conservative Liberal Democratic Party (I know, confusing), thus ending the LDP’s half-century stronghold in the country.
Miyuki Hatoyama, a former dancer, actress, cookbook writer, and the wife of incoming prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama, has been to outer space. In a book she published last year entitled, Very Strange Things I’ve Encountered, Miyuki describes the experience she had 20 years ago:
“While my body was asleep, I think my soul rode on a triangular-shaped UFO and went to Venus. It was a very beautiful place and it was really green.“
According to FOX News, Miyuki also claims that she was friends long ago with Tom Cruise, in a previous life, WHEN HE WAS JAPANESE. (Suddenly The Last Samurai makes perfect sense. Okay, no, still not really.)
Miyuki’s husband will be sworn in on September 16, but until then, the First Couple will be enjoying their last moments of relative calm before prime minister Hatoyama is expected to revive Japan’s flagging economy and reform its government. This weekend, for example, they’ll be in northern Nevada at Burning Man, dropping tabs, getting naked, zipping around the desert floor on homemade motorized couches, making new friends in a communal mud bath, making sculpture, watching, um, things burn, possibly visiting outer space one more time, and, of course, staying very, very hydrated.*
*Not true, but I so want it to be.
[Reuters: Japan's new first lady says rode in a spaceship]