For the first time in my life, I find myself envying Angela Merkel’s husband. That is because the spouses meetings at G8 and G20 summits are about to get a lot more interesting. The arrival of Carla Bruni has already perked things up considerably. Michelle Obama seems to be a little livelier than Laura Bush. But the new star of the show seems certain to be Miyuki Hatoyama, the wife of Yukio Hatoyama, Japan’s new PM.
To quote an intriuging profile by Peter Popham in The Independent, Japan’s new first lady is: “a lifestyle guru, a macrobiotics enthusiast, an author of cookery books, a retired actress, a divorcee, and a fearless clothes horse for garments of her own creation, including a skirt made from Hawaiian coffee sacks. But there is more, much more. She has travelled to the planet Venus. And she was once abducted by aliens.