Japan's First Lady Appears At Tokyo Pride Parade
Japan's First Lady Akie Abe broke from her husband's conservative reputation and joined in Tokyo Gay Pride on Sunday to show support for the country's LGBT community.
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.