Japan's new "first lady," Hitomi Noda, has seldom been seen in the media with her husband, new Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. According to people who know her, she is the ideal housewife and will be a pillar of support for her husband.
The newspaper Sports Nippon on Wednesday carried a short story on Mrs Noda, one of very few articles about her to appear in print. The story quotes her friends as saying that singing is Hitomi's hobby and she is a very able party organizer. She was host for a meeting for wives of Democratic Party of Japan members a few years ago and one of the participants thought that she was a professional hostess before she introduced herself.
Hitomi kept a low profile during her husband's campaign last weekend. She mainly just bowed to supporters at the entrance of campaign headquarters and did not go on stage with him.
While supporting her husband's political career, she raised two sons -- one is a university student and the other is in high school. When Noda's father was suffering from a serious illness, she took care of him at his home.
When a reporter asked Noda if he will take his wife with him on overseas trips, he smiled and said, "We will need a domestic alliance first."© Japan Today