by Janice Friedman
What would happen if the First Lady of the United States disclosed
that she believed she traveled with extraterrestrials to Venus?
It would no doubt create
quite the international media sensation, right?
Well, that's exactly
what happened in the case of Japanese First Lady
However, did you hear
about it at all?
In 2009, then 62-year-old Miyuki Hatoyama, wife of Japan's Prime
Yukio Hatoyama, came under scrutiny for what
she wrote in a book entitled, entitled "Very
Strange Things I've Encountered."
Hatoyama wrote about an experience that happened to her two decades
"While my body was
asleep, I think my soul rode on a triangular-shaped UFO and went
to Venus," she explains in the tome she published last year.
"It was a very beautiful place, and it was very green," she
The retired actress and author of cookbooks also claimed to
recognize the actor Tom Cruise from another life.
"I believe he'd get
it if I said to him, 'Long time no see,' when we meet," she said
in an interview.
When she told her now
ex-husband at the time, he told her it was probably just a dream.
However, she said that
her new husband, Yukio Hatoyama, would no doubt have reacted
differently. The divorced singer and dancer met the
multi-millionaire while working in a Japanese restaurant in San
They married in 1975.
"My current husband
has a different way of thinking," she wrote. "He would surely
say 'Oh, that's great'."
University-educated Yukio Hatoyama, also 62 at the time, is the
grandson of a former prime minister. According to Reuters, he earned
the nickname "the alien" for his prominent eyes.
According to the Independent, the nickname comes from the couple's
"Though Mr Hatoyama is a multi-millionaire and the fourth generation
of his family to rise to the top of the Japanese political world,
his appearance is unconventional by rigid Japanese standards: his
hair is unruly and he rejects the navy uniform of the political
world in favour of suits of brown and moss green."
"It is this refusal to bow to convention, as well as his tendency to
drop conversation-stopping remarks - like his call, during the
election campaign, for a 'politics full of love' - that long ago led
other Japanese politicians to dismiss him as an uchujin, an alien.
Though not, presumably, the one who took Miyuki to Venus."
Image via Wikimedia Commons
One would think that this story about travels to Venus might have
been more prominent in world news, but it seems to have barely made
a blip on the radar.
One reason may be that Japan's approach to the
idea of extraterrestrials is so different from western countries.
From the beginning, ancient stories tell of alien-like beings,
including the ancient
Dogu, alien-like figurines representing gods
from the sky.
Ancient Aliens Season 12, Episode 14 explored this, and the primary
religion of Japan called Shintoism. The beliefs connect Japan to a
mystical past involving celestial beings called Kami. (see below)
UFOs and the Japanese government
In 2007, the Japanese government stated it,
"has not confirmed the
existence of unidentified flying objects believed to have come from
anywhere other than Earth."
Then Japan's defense minister said there
were "no grounds" to deny outright the existence of alien-manned
BBC News reported that despite a lack of evidence,
Secretary Nobutaka Machimura later told reporters he believed they
[UFOs] were definitely real."
However, despite that admission that article noted:
"Japan has not yet planned what to do should aliens arrive here."
"*A member of the opposition asked the government what its policy
was to deal with UFOs.
*He said work should begin urgently to try to confirm whether or not
they exist because of what he called "incessant" reports of
*The Japanese civil service swung into action.
In a statement it said that should a flying saucer be spotted in the
country's airspace, a fighter would be scrambled to attempt visual
By 2015, Defense Minister Gen
Nakatani answered a question about
UFOs during a budget session.
He had a very different answer.
"When the Air Self Defense Force detects indications of an
unidentified flying object that could violate our country's
airspace, it scrambles fighter jets if necessary and makes visual
observation," Nakatani responded earnestly.
"They sometimes find birds or flying objects other than aircraft but
I don't know of a case of finding an unidentified flying object
believed to have come over from anywhere other than Earth," he said.
You can see more about this story and other UFO-related stories from
Japan in Ancient Aliens Season 12, Episode 14, "Masuda-no-Iwafune."
More about Miyuki Hatoyama from Al Jazeera English: