First Lady Akie Abe of Japan made a surprise appearance this week at Tokyo’s Pride Parade. She appeared atop a float in Tokyo’s Rainbow Pride, a march that nearly 3,000 people take part in. Akie’s husband, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, has not voiced support for the LGBT community and maintains conservative social policies. Akie is sometimes referred to as the “domestic opposition party” because of her outspoken views that go against her husband’s.
“I want to help build a society where anyone can conduct happy, enriched lives without facing discrimination…I had the pleasure of spending fun time filled with smiles. Thank you,” she wrote on her Facebook. [PinkNews]