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Japan's first lady Akie Abe joins gay parade

Published on Apr 27, 2014 7:02 PM
 
Akie Abe (white dress), wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, takes part in the "Tokyo Rainbow Pride" parade for the anti AIDS campaign in Tokyo on April 27, 2014. Japan's first lady Akie Abe joined the annual gay parade in Tokyo on Sunday, April 27, 2014, to show her support for sexual minorities. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's first lady Akie Abe joined the annual gay parade in Tokyo on Sunday to show her support for sexual minorities.

The 51-year-old wife of conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe donned a white suit to stand on a float with a drag queen, as some 3,000 participants marched through the trendy Shibuya business and shopping district.

Mrs Akie Abe, known for her liberal inclinations, wrote on her Facebook page later that she has been involved in the issue since joining a commission set up by UNAIDS and the Lancet medical journal last year.

"I want to help build a society where anyone can conduct happy, enriched lives without facing discrimination," she wrote.

 
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