Drag queens at the Tokyo Lesbian and Gay Parade. Photo: AP

Gay shift à la India? Slowly but surely, Japan is coming out

Modern Japan may be playing catch up to neighbours like Taiwan when it comes to LGBTI issues, but references to same sex love occur throughout its history

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Drag queens at the Tokyo Lesbian and Gay Parade. Photo: AP
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.