Tokyo Rainbow Pride kicks off this weekend

Tokyo Rainbow PrideBY MATTHEW RODGERS
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The week-long Tokyo Rainbow Week is being held for the first time and coincides with Golden Week from April 27 to May 6. Activities include symposiums, seminars, film screenings, social and outdoor events. Japan’s LGBT community is reportedly about 5 percent of the total population, and the country as a whole lacks many major resources that are commonly available in other first world nations. Many LGBT people remain in the closet.

Organizers have reported that this year’s event has garnered support by many Japanese political parties that lean more towards the liberal side of government. For the first time, organizers secured cash sponsorships from Alfa Romeo and Philips (Body Grooming) who will set up booths at the parade, while in-kind sponsorships are being provided by Moet Hennessy, Red Bull and Audi. No Japanese company has stepped forward to sponsor the event.

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