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How do I describe Akie? Let me count the ways

Published on Apr 28, 2014 7:59 PM

She may not be as dominant on the global stage as US First Lady Michelle Obama or Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan but equally mesmerising in her own way is Ms Akie Matsuzaki, the wife of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. She most recently made the headlines on Sunday when she joined Tokyo's annual gay parade, gamely standing on a float with a drag queen. Mrs Abe later wrote in her Facebook page: "I want to help build a society where anyone can conduct happy, enriched lives without facing discrimination.  

"I had the pleasure of spending a fun time filled with smiles. Thank you."

Mrs Abe's liberal inclinations, a stark contrast from her conservative husband, are well-known. Unlike other Japanese political wives, she is fearless in speaking her mind and embracing passions, often resonating with modern Japan - so much so that she is reportedly more popular than her spouse and one reason why his approval ratings remain decent.

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