On Sunday, Japan’s first Lady Akie Abe participated in the annual LGBT pride parade in Tokyo, the nation’s capital. The presence of the First Lady at the Tokyo Rainbow Pride marked a momentous and special occasion for the LGBT community and supporters in Japan.
The annual Tokyo Rainbow Pride parade took place for the third consecutive year with over 3,000 people in attendance. The First Lady rode on a colorful float alongside a drag queen. Abe’s participation and support for the LGBT community stems in part from her efforts to contribute to awareness about LGBT issues through her participation on a recent commission involving UNAIDS and The Lancet medical journal.
Although her husband, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, has been rather conservative on voicing support for many issues, Akie has been open and vocal about a variety of issues that seem to conflict with her husband’s politics such as the use of nuclear power.
Before her presence in the parade, Akie Abe noted her support for LGBT equality on her Facebook page, "I want to help build a society where anyone can conduct happy, enriched lives without facing discrimination."