Thousands of LGBT people took part in the annual Rainbow Pride parade in Tokyo on Sunday (May 6).
Japan is one of the most liberal countries in Asia on LGBT rights, with polling showing majority support for same-sex marriage.
However, the country’s legislation provides little protections for LGBT people – there is no nationwide recognition for same-sex relationships and no nationwide anti-discrimination law, with gay people reliant on a patchwork of regional laws in cities for recognition of their relationships.
Thousands of marchers called for change took to the streets of Tokyo for the annual parade.
The theme for the event was “Love & Equality”.
Organisers explained: “Everyone is equal in love. We seek no special rights, but the same thing, the same way. The freedom to love. That basic freedom is what we want to achieve.”
The LGBT activists and supporters marched through the Shibuya and Harajuku areas of downtown Tokyo.
Check out the photos below: