Japan's soon-to-be first lady, Miyuki Hatoyama, is an outgoing former actress with an interest in spirituality, who says she shares a common "sensibility" with Michelle Obama.
Miyuki Hatoyama will become Japan's first lady on September 16. The extroverted celebrity is expected to liven up the first lady's role.
Miyuki, sporting new red streaks in her trademark shoulder-length bob, looks set to liven up the traditionally staid role of a premier's wife with her extroverted and sometimes quirky personality.
After her husband's landmark election victory at the weekend, she told Japanese media she is looking forward to meeting the wife of US President Barack Obama, who is due to visit Tokyo later this year.
"I think she is so natural and has a kind of sensibility similar to mine. If I can have the chance to meet her, I would look forward to it," Miyuki said in a recent interview with Kyodo News agency.
Her husband - whose Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) scored a historic win over conservative Prime Minister Taro Aso's party in general elections on Sunday - has called Miyuki his ever-shining "sun".