Japan’s First Lady Marches In Tokyo’s Pride Parade

“I want to help build a society where anyone can conduct happy, enriched lives without facing discrimination,” First Lady Akie Abe posted to her Facebook.

1. Japan’s First Lady Akie Abe participated in Tokyo’s Rainbow Pride Parade yesterday.

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2. The 51-year-old spouse of conservative Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe – who has a reputation for being extremely outspoken – stood atop a float during the celebration.

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3. Nearly 3,000 people traveled through the Shibuya district during the parade.

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4. The first lady also posted several photos to her facebook.

5. According to the AFP, she wrote, “I want to help build a society where anyone can conduct happy, enriched lives without facing discrimination.”

6. “I had the pleasure of spending fun time filled with smiles. Thank you,” she added.

7. Same-sex marriage is not legal in Japan. The constitution defines marriage “based on the mutual consent of both sexes.”

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8. And a recent poll claims that the majority of Japanese citizens don’t support same-sex marriages.

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9. Scroll down for more images from the parade.

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12. Check out this video of the parade:

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