I don't know very much about Japan, but I hope we'll hear more from Miyuki Hatoyama, the new Prime Minister's wife.
Japan's new first lady is enlivening the nation's grey-suited world of politics with colourful claims that she met a UFO in a dream and was whisked away to Venus.
Miyuki Hatoyama, 66, the charismatic wife of the leader of the incoming Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), has also described how she met Tom Cruise in a former life and enjoys "eating" the sun for energy. Writing in a book published last year, she said: "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.". . .
Mrs Hatoyama, who is renowned for her healthy cooking having published several food-related books, described her UFO experience in a book called "Very Strange Things I've Encountered." After waking up, Mrs Hatoyama wrote that her then husband dismissed the experience, claiming that it must have just been a dream. However, referring to Japan's next prime minister, she wrote: "My current husband has a different way of thinking. He would surely say 'Oh that's great'."
Earlier this year, Mrs Hatoyama also told a TV programme that she had met Tom Cruise in a previous life. While she cautioned the interviewer not to take her too seriously, she said: "I know he was Japanese in a previous life. "I was with him then. So he would recognise me when I see him and say 'long time, no see!'" On the same talk show, she also described her unusual habit of "eating the sun".
Raising her arms into the air, she said: "I also eat the sun. Like this, hum, hum, hum. It gives me enormous energy. My husband has recently started doing that too."
After five decades of one party rule this, I think, counts as change we can believe in. Also, it makes Cherie Blair's belief in chrystals and re-birthing seem terribly wan and pedestrian. And could "eating the sun" be the long-sought answer to global warming?
[Hat-tip: Andrew Stuttaford.]