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What's Wrong with Miyuki Hatoyama's Alien Abduction Story

The Reality of Recent UFO Sightings

Miyuki Hatoyama, wife of Japan's Prime Minister-elect, Yukio Hatoyama, says she was abducted by aliens 20 years ago. Just for a night.

Two things make the story suspect. Well, okay, two things I'll choose to focus on here make the story suspect. In her words:

"While my body was asleep, I think my soul rode on a triangular-shaped UFO and went to Venus," she wrote in her book last year. "It was a very beautiful place, and it was very green."

Okay, Problem No. 1: The aliens only took you to Venus? How boring! I would think that if they're out there, they'd have more exotic destinations where it'd be harder for NASA to find them.

No. 2: Venus isn't green. If you're going to dream up hooey like this, the least you could do is crack open a reference book and get your planet colors right. The surface of Venus is brownish-red and it is a crushing place where humans would fry if they weren't first pulverized by the extreme air pressure.

(Probably this is a given, but Hatoyama also claims she knew Tom Cruise in a previous life, The Independent reports.)

Otherwise, Hatoyama's whimsical tale sounds about as plausible as other alien abduction accounts, which typically lack corroborating evidence and usually, after close inspection, contain more holes than facts. Meanwhile, let's hope Yukio Hatoyama keeps his feet on the ground and his head out of the clouds when making big decisions.

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Rob was a writer and editor at Space.com starting in 1999. He served as managing editor of Live Science at its launch in 2004. He is now Chief Content Officer overseeing media properties for the sites’ parent company, Purch. Prior to joining the company, Rob was an editor at The Star-Ledger in New Jersey, and in 1998 he was founder and editor of the science news website ExploreZone. He has a journalism degree from Humboldt State University in California.